Continuing on with happiness, I am referring to the notes from part 4 of "The Habits of Happiness" that Pastor Rick is teaching at Saddleback. Now, I don't want the word Pastor or Saddleback make you click to the next blog you read. I mean if you want to, then okay, thanks for stopping by, but the notes that I take and the lessons I hear are pretty darned basic and important so please, if you can stand it for another second, stick around.
FEAR makes us lose our happiness. It is said that ya cant be afraid and happy at the same time...although I believe I once doodled something similar in regards to this exact topic that contradicts that statement:
okay, so maybe I am a little off track because I used the word Brave. You see, I was happy to be going to SA but afraid, maybe scared and totally full of anxiety to be by myself, leaving my family behind and traveling to the other side of the world, alone (although I know that I am never alone) BUT I did NOT let fear make my decisions. Fear did really try its best to derail me BUT...that my friends, is where my faith and trust kick in..
it is not easy though.
In the doodle, I used the word BRAVE because my physical self was scared. I used the word Faith because my spiritual self was calm. Why? again, because I trust. I have to or my physical self and my over stimulated mind would get away from me, I'd talk my way out of it and run home.
Please do not think I am crazy. I am not crazy because crazy people do not know they are crazy!
I share this junk because I know I am not alone. I share so that you (or someone else) can get that "whew" feeling that your not alone (because really, you are never alone)
I think you get my point, I hope.
Okay, the point of this whole post was about happiness but it is hard to be happy when our world, our communities, our surroundings, our relationships and ourselves are full of worry, anxiety and toxic & emotional thoughts.
Ya know how to flush all of those down the toilet when they rear their ugly head?
Hold tight to God, to his word. "Hold tightly to the word.." Phil 2:16
Get a good grip and hold on.
It will be okay.
It's a promise.