Recently, a contestant on a popular television show captivated the audience by performing a song she wrote about her life experience with the cancer she had battled for the past several years. She titled the song, “It’s Okay.” At the conclusion, she received a standing ovation for her tearfully inspired performance. As she later stated, “You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.”
Our priorities are challenged when life confronts us with problems. Can we, like this young woman with cancer, choose happiness even when the obstacles facing us seem dire and insurmountable? God shows us a path through His Son, Jesus Christ.
…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2 (NASB)
Jesus Christ prophesied His own death on the Cross. He knew the torture and suffering that He would endure as He faithfully obeyed God, His Father. Instead of focusing upon His shame, He focused upon the joy that awaited Him when He returned to Heaven, reconciling the world and destroying the power of sin and death through the power of His Resurrection.
Happiness is a choice. We can choose to flounder in our own despair or rise above our circumstances and set our minds upon Jesus Christ, the Author and Perfecter of our faith. He lived a perfect life and demonstrated how one can truly choose happiness even when life is most challenging.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.