I was reading an excellent devotion this morning about a man who had been through great hardship, trial and pain throughout his life – but was considered by his friends to have the most uplifting and positive attitude of anybody they knew. His secret: He chose to put on happiness every morning.
How do I do that?
What if life is complicated, confusing – and even downright depressing?
What if others have turned their back and walked away?
What if I can’t just paste on a smile and pretend everything in my world is okay?
What if life has thrown me some twist and turns that I didn’t sign up for?
There are no easy answers to this. It seems that some have the temperament and attitude to just ‘forge ahead’ and others do not. Some take the struggle in stride – others take a whole lifetime to understand and process.
For me the answer is inside of myself. Other people do not make me happy – or unhappy as the case may be. Oh – we believe that they do – but when you come right down to it – happiness – or ‘putting on happiness’ is a choice.
It is easy to wake up each morning and unconsciously put something on. If I am not careful – or aware – I am putting on ‘sadness’ – or ‘discouragement’. I’m not even aware that I have put them on. They are familiar – like a comfortable pair of old jeans – and t-shirt. But they are not what I want to wear – or what I want others to see. I want them to see Jesus in me.
Help me Lord to remember to ‘put on happiness’ when I dress in the morning – after my morning coffee. Help others to see what a life looks like that is not perfect – but forgiven – and one that can choose to be happy in spite of my outward circumstances.
Choose to put on happiness.
- Living a Thankful Life (blogcritics.org)
- Sunrise: Applying Christ (anointedplace.wordpress.com)
- Positive Attitude – 5 Steps to a Happy Life (thinksimplenow.com)
- Happiness Is Hard Work (blogs.forbes.com)