The world tells us that fame, wealth, love, friends, likes and stuff makes you happy. But the kind of happiness that the Bible talks about is different. Romans 12:12 says, Be happy because of the hope you have. We can be happy because:
But we truly find happiness when we do God's work. When we love and accept others like he does, when we forgive people who hurt us, when we help people who are in need, when we encourage people who are down...
The Bible Gateway has an interview with Max Lucado on the topic of happiness (which also happens to be the subject of his new book, How Happiness Happens. In it, he said, The words of Jesus are spot-on: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Because when you do, it has a boomerang effect. Happiness happens when we give it away.
So, how do you give happiness away? I hear you ask.
You spend time with your little brother or sister, even they annoy you.
You help your Mum with the dishes - before you are asked.
You sit with the girl at school who usually sits alone.
You invite that unpopular girl to your party.
You smile at the homeless man and say hello.
You donate your pocket money to charity.
You buy a gift for a child in need.
You help you elderly neighbour tidy her yard.
You share your lunch with the boy who forgot his.
You listen to your grandparents' stories, even though you've heard them before.
You help your dad mow the lawn.
Do you get the idea? Who are you going to give happiness to today and how are you going to do it?
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.