Living Rooted in Identity: The Path to Lasting Happiness

Today’s Reading: Psalm 16

IMG_20141231_084207Remember, Self, that disliking your circumstances is not a free pass to discontentment. Just because you look around and are unhappy with the way life is at this moment doesn’t mean you get to sink into a disagreeable, petulant, pity-party. You are allowed to be happy. In fact, you are encouraged to be happy, Self.

But don’t let yourself fall back into the comparison game, either, in some desperate attempt to feel some morsel of happiness. Comparing your bad lot with someone else’s worse lot isn’t the way to feel lasting happiness. That comparison is just another way of setting your heart on circumstances, and circumstances don’t bring lasting happiness. They can’t bring lasting happiness, because you are made for a satisfaction far more eternal and sturdy than mere happenstance.

Remember, Self, that the word “blessed” in the Psalms is also often translated “happy.” Happiness finds its way to you through blessing, and blessing always, always comes from your good Father Who gives such good gifts. Self, this is the path to lasting happiness: looking to Him, not the circumstances or even the blessings. The fastest way to end a petulant pity-party is always looking up to Him Who loves you and remembering the truth: that He is your lot in this life, not these circumstances. He is your portion. He is your real circumstances, and His circumstances never change. He is always loving, always kind, always forgiving, always merciful, always just, always glad that you exist and are His.

“Lord, You are my portion
and my cup of blessing;
You hold my future.
The boundary lines have fallen for me
in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.”
Psalm 16:5-6, HCSB

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If you are suffering from depression, please seek medical and spiritual help from your physician and church. This devotional does not address depression, which is a serious and often debilitating condition that requires personalized treatment for each individual.  

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