Friday, April 29, 2016

Happiness and Satisfaction - Part 1

I love planning for vacation. The weeks and days leading up to vacation motivate me and to look forward to what is about to come. No matter what I am doing, the thought of vacation seems to always be swirling in my thoughts.

There are many things in our lives today to distract us from keeping our thoughts on Christ; work, electronics, family, chores, errands and the list goes on. When our minds are swirling with the truths of Christ, our lives are actually happier in the midst of the busyness. 

Jesus said it this way, "Blessed (happy) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." (Matt. 5:6 emphasis is mine). The world promises happiness and satisfaction through accomplishments but Jesus promises happiness and satisfaction through hungering and thirsting to be more like Him. So who do you believe; the world (accomplishments) or Jesus (being more like Him)?

One way to keep thoughts of Christ swirling in your mind all day long is to develop a gratefulness in your soul for all Jesus has done for you. Here is a short excerpt from Psalm 95 to remind us just a little of Christ has done for us. Hopefully, it will awaken your hunger for more of Him!

1Come, let us sing to the lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
2Let us come to him with thanksgiving.
Let us sing psalms of praise to him.
3For the lord is a great God,
a great King above all gods.
4He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
and the mightiest mountains.
5The sea belongs to him, for he made it.
His hands formed the dry land, too.
6Come, let us worship and bow down.
Let us kneel before the lord our maker,
7for he is our God.
We are the people he watches over,
the flock under his care.
If only you would listen to his voice today!  (Psalm 95:1-7 NLT)

What are your thoughts on this topic?