Views from the Pews: Joy and the Pursuit of Happiness

Living Springs Church in Market Weighton
Living Springs Church in Market Weighton

Life is full of ups and downs. Happy times, sad times, hard and good times! What we know is what determines how we come out of dark moments. We can learn some things which can help us through the dark moments.

I hope this helps you in dark moments, which will certainly come your way.

Recently, I have been teaching in church, the important subject of ‘Joy and Pursuit of Happiness.’

When I think about this subject, I remember the hugely popular and jolly song ‘Happy’ by the US pop sensation, Pharrell Williams.

The lyrics of this song is so bizarre and unintelligible that I wondered, what’s this song all about and why do so many people seem to love it?

A recent look at the official YouTube video showed that it had more than 668 million views!

I believe the answer to my question is simply: every one of us wants to be happy and this is a right expectation!

Every good government in nations attempt to promote the happiness of its citizens.

It is very important to point out that God our maker wants us all to be happy in life.

The Bible has this to say about happiness: “Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.

“However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all. But let them remember the days of darkness, for there will be many.

“Everything to come is meaningless.” – Ecclesiastes 11:7-8.

Sadly, not all moments of life are happy. Here are a few thoughts on how to deal with life dark moments or deal with what you’re going through. First, know and understand God is faithful and knows your circumstance. He is familiar with your ways (Psalm 139:1-3).

Secondly, learn to see the good or positive in your circumstance and be thankful (Philippians 4:4-6).

You might be screaming at me saying “what good are you talking about?” If you stop for a minute and think you’ll realise that there are many more people who are in much worse circumstances of life than you are. You will get through your situation, if you don’t give up!

Thirdly, pray about your situation and for others too.

“Cast your burdens unto Jesus for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Simply, talk about it and you will get help, comfort and answers.

Fourth, draw encouragement from others around you. Learn to concentrate on others instead of yourself.

The best cure for depression is not pills. It is simply stopping to be self-consumed about your situation and spending your time and energy on others. It’s a proven fact those who spend more of their time and money on others are much happier people!

Fifth, you can learn to depend on the written Word of God, which is a book of encouragement, love letter and a guide to help you go through life. King David said: “Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105). The Bible says: “Crying may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5.)

Finally, my friends remain steadfast in all you’re going through because everything that has a beginning also has an end. You will be strong at end of your trials, troubles and tribulations.

There are people who love you and wants to go through with you, so don’t hide.

There are better times ahead. You will have a smile on your face again!

If you would like to talk about this or visit our community church, I invite you to join us next Sunday, 10.30am at The Life Centre in Market Weighton YO43 3AH. Tel: 01430 879927.