By: Lady M.

I’m a Christian, but I’m not happy.  Sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? That statement does not reflect my feelings, but it does reflect the feelings of a lot of people I know.  A friend of mine once said to me: “Christians need to come up higher. Every time I speak to a Christian, they are always going through!” I thought about it, and for the most part, she was right.

By now I think we all know that life is not a walk in the park. God never promised us a rose garden (not here on earth at least), But he gave us peace and told us that in spite of all, we should be of good cheer. Why is it that even though we know this, defeat somehow manages to get the best of us? We view life in Christ as if we are holding on by a thread just living day by day trying to make it in. It doesn’t have to be that way. Especially in Christ, it shouldn’t.

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 NLT) Jesus said this to his disciples and that goes for us also. It is very possible to maintain peace and joy in spite of all the lows that life may throw. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 reads:  “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed, perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned, struck down, but not destroyed.”  The word “but” in between each obstacle signifies the hope in spite of those problems. We have a habit of counting our issues rather than counting our blessings.  As much as there may be something to complain about, there is ten times more to give thanks for.

If you feel like you are unhappy and in Christ, try to figure out why. The Bible tells us to “Seek peace and pursue it” (Psalms 34:14). So the next time you are asked “how are you?” Rather than the first response being that of discontent, stop for a second and change it to one of gratefulness.

Embrace the peace, the love, and the fullness that Christ gave to you.  Life on earth is meant to be enjoyed and having Christ makes it all the more worthwhile.