I Think Myself Happy

by Joanna Pierce on January 11, 2017

Many of us are still wandering around the second week of the year with a small haze from New Year’s Eve—deflating balloons cowering in corners, ribbon curls tucked under furniture corners, and confetti in more places than we’d care to explain. But, meandering streamers—being tracked down the hallway for the umpteenth time—are not the only thing with an ominous presence in our lives…

Bad attitudes, spoiled plans, crushed dreams, and failed resolutions seem to cloud life thicker than fog rolling in across turbulent waters. The New Year should be a time of happiness, new beginnings, and fresh starts—so says the ever-so-cliché media platforms of our time.

Truth is—today’s just another day, this year is just another year, and life is just life. Today may not have any particular importance, be any special occasion, and it might not measure up to the worldly-defined standard of the “New Year.”

I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews (Acts 26:2, KJV).

In the Book of Acts, we find a man named Paul, who prided himself in persecuting Christians. After an encounter with Jesus, He was transformed into the most powerful Apostle the world has even seen. Preaching the Gospel, Paul offended many and found himself cast into prison without trial. Given an opportunity to speak out against his accusers, Paul declares himself fortunate.

I think myself happy.

We may not find ourselves in a life the world defines as TV-terrific or Facebook-fabulous. It’s hard not to measure our lives per the media measuring stick, and even more difficult not to measure our lives per our own, sometimes unrealistic, standards.

But, we can choose something different today. We can choose to forsake impossible standards, lay waste to bad attitudes, say farewell to unhappiness, and think ourselves happy.

No one in this world can define who we are, how we feel, or what we will be. God has a plan for all of us, but it’s up to us to choose the way we think about it, what we’ll decide to focus on, and how we’ll ultimately feel about it.

What the world may define as a dead end we can see as the doorway to opportunity. When other’s think we have a mundane life, we can see it as God’s masterpiece.

Realize today is the day the Lord’s made, and we can choose to rejoice and be glad (Psalm 118:24). We can consider ourselves fortunate to be a part of something the Lord of all creation has formed with His hands; we can choose to be happy.

What do you think?