God centered, other centered or self centered.
Two of these bring a lot of joy; one brings misery.
On his twitter feed @matt_papa: states, "Seek your own happiness and you will not find it. Seek another's happiness and there is yours. O, the wisdom of God."
I believe the happiest people are those who don't spend great amounts of time thinking about whether or not they are happy.
Jesus, when teaching us the "greatest commandment,"
said that first, we should love God.
But then He said something quite interesting.
He said, "and the second is like the first."
What? Loving other people is "like" loving God.
Why? How so?
The people that are my closest friends and family. The people that love me the most, love and care about my children. They ask about how they are doing. And then, they ask about my grandchildren. (Don't get me started)
I believe God is saying, love me and if you really love me, you will love my children.
So when I struggle with happiness, it's because I've put myself in the center of the universe. And I'm somehow amazed when my world falls apart.
Let's make God the center of our thoughts and affections and serving His children
and in so doing truly find happiness.
Happy, Happy, Happy,
Jesus replied:“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. ’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it:‘Love your neighbor as yourself. ’
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:11 NIV
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Philippians 4:8 NIV