No point in procrastinating happiness in life.
e convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a
baby, then another. Then we’re frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough
and we’ll be more content when they are. After that, we’re frustrated that
we have teenagers to deal with. We’ll certainly be happy when they’re out
of that stage.
We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his
or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice
vacation, when we retire.
The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not
Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to
yourself and decide to be happy anyway.
One of my favorite quotes comes from Alfred D. Souza. He said,”For a long
time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But
there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through
first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be
paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles
were my life.”
This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness.
Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure
it more because you shared it with someone special enough to spend your
time with… and remember that time waits for no one.
So, stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school,
until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids,
until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire,
until you get married, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you
get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring,
until summer, until fall, until winter, until you’re off welfare, until the
first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you’ve had a drink to
decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy.
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Ecclesiates 8:15 – I am convinced that a man should enjoy himself, because
the only pleasure he has in this life is eating and drinking and enjoying
himself. He can at least do this as he labors during the life that God has
given him in this world.
Philippians 4:11-12 – … I have learned to be satisfied with I have. I
know what it is to be in need and what it is to have more than enough. I
have learned this secret, so that anywhere, at any time, I am content,
whether I am full or hungry, whether I have too much or too little.