It has occurred to me that day 21 is swiftly approaching. But as I've recently been thrown in the need to find happiness, I may choose to extend the 21 day challenge. We'll see. In my college years, I was always struck when my different courses would take on a similar topic or theme. And I am still surprised when I find those connections in my daily life. Sunday's sermon tackled the idea of happiness and joy from John 15. You can download the podcast here. What I got out of it was, if we turn to God for our happiness, instead of turning away from him, we will find joy. Which is what I think Peale's point is. Turn to God. Fill your mind with his word. Words of faith and happiness. When you do that, there is no room for thoughts of doubt and despair. Believe me, I know this is easier said than done.
I also read this article at CNN.com. A woman went on her own purposeful search for happiness. She doesn't really say anything about turning to God, but she talks about purposely looking for happiness in her life. She says that simply asking the question, "Am I happy?" Made her happier as she thought about all the things she has to be happy about. Kind of like counting your blessings, right?
That said, the search for happiness is still on. I am taking it moment by moment at this point. I don't always have complete control of my emotions, but I am trying to be okay with that. I sang my hymn today. The first time that I've been able to get past the first verse in a few days. I made it through the third verse. Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. Oh my soul.
I am trying to praise God and trust in him right now. I am praying for peace in all this turmoil. I am not there yet. But I have hope. I have a loving Father in heaven, I have a loving family, and I have so many gracious friends who are taking care of me right now. I have so much to be thankful for. What gets you through a rough time? When your world seems to crash in an instant, what do you do to get back on track? How do you go about building new dreams?