What Are the Basic Requirements for Happiness?

So this is the question: “What does it take to be happy?”

Just what do we really need in order to be content and at peace in life?  We all desire and seek for peace and happiness.  And, unfortunately, far too often, we are disappointed in our pursuit.  Peace eludes us.  Something small (or big) enters in and disrupts our hearts and lives.  We become unsettled and are set into inner turmoil.

How many days have gone by for us that have ended with our feeling that way?

I know that I have often stopped and taken stock of myself and identified some problem area that I feel results in my lack of peace at that moment:  If only I had agreement with my supervisor at work…If only my kids had been so hectic and disorderly today…If only I had slept better and wasn’t so tired.  If only…, if only…, if only….

And then I face the question: What does it really take to be happy?  If indeed that “one thing” were to change, would that be the true key to peace in life?  When I ask myself that, I know the answer.  There will always be one more thing that enters into the picture.  There is an endless supply of potentially disrupting events and problems in life.  The answer to having peace is not found in the removal of any one of those things.

In the end, there is a basic truth that I believe in firmly: No matter what the situation is for me in life, I know that I will have joy and peace if and only if I am content and at peace with God.

Nothing more than this is ever necessary for my joy in life.

I need to get a hold of this truth better sometimes.  Peace and joy are never the result of God and __________.  Regardless of whatever problems I feel intrude in my life, the presence and comfort of God is plenteously great to overcome them all if I am content to rest in Him.

I trust that most of us will agree to the truth of this fact.  But still, don’t we all need to stop and remember it better sometimes.  What a skill (better, a grace) to learn!  Stopping and learning to be content whatever the situation might be.  How?  Why?  Because God is with me!  What more could I possible want or need?

Of course, those problems that enter can be large and trying.  I am not trying to diminish the significance of the problems (but we should realize, too, that sometimes the problems are actually pretty trivial as well).  But I am reminding us just how great God is.  The joy He brings His people is far greater than the weight of any problem they might have.  Suppose that your sorrow is caused even by the person that is closest to you in all of life.  Is that greater than the joy given to you by your heavenly Father?  I hope not.

I believe this, and it ought to control my daily spirit: Peace with God is enough to bring joy to all situations in life.  More than enough.

Let’s rejoice in God this day.


About amspencer1984

I am a Christian who desires to serve in God's kingdom in the best way possible. I have served as a foreign missionary in southern Mexico. I have worked as a youth minister at my local church of Grace Baptist in Dickson, TN. I have also recently begun to write books with a desire to help others grow in life. I hope that they are helpful and effective in doing that. I have been married to Alicia Spencer since 2003. We have six children and give thanks to God for all of them.
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