You are as happy as you decide to be.
-About Life and Love
Guest blog by Chelsea.
“She just wants you to make money since you are 24.”
Who said this?
My youngest sister of course. What was she doing besides subjecting me to ageism? She was using human reasoning to define me and God’s supernatural plan for my life.
It was a day like that that I wish I would have said this to her:
|The Purpose Pusher|
The sad reality is that human beings today (you and me included) tend to think that if we had money, all our problems would be solved. Now don’t get me wrong. I’ve played the lottery a few times hoping to win it big. Yet, unlike so many others, my intentions were for good. If I won the lottery, most of what I won would not be spent on myself.
- I would try to pay off my parents’ house, fix it up, and give them a vacation for just the two of them.
- I would donate the rest to help out those who need it most (charities and worthwhile people who legitimately deserve a helping hand).
Of course, I believe if I won the lottery there would be enough for all this because after all, my winning the lottery would be because my heavenly Father deemed it the appropriate time for me to come into that level of a harvest.
Yet, even though I’m 24 years old and without steady income, I’m happier than I ever have been in my whole life.
I bet you just read that above statement and looked at the computer screen and screamed:
I mean my life is far from perfect or what I deem to be perfection in my eyes but I finally feel free. I work as a freelance writer for two companies currently and I also intern with a publisher doing public relations for authors.
On the anniversary of Dr. King declaring his dream in one of the most inspiring speeches of all time, I also planted a stake in the field of dreams for my life and the goals I want to achieve. One of which is to become an author of multiple best-selling novels so I launched the site in order to expand my platform as an author. Yet, it also was a way for me to create opportunity in the area (and my dream career field) of public relations. Therefore, The Smart Cookie Philes was born.
Yet, in the past five months since it was launched, I’ve never seen something grow into such a fruitful venture in my life, and I have only been paid about less than $100 for any sponsored work via the site.
My point is this:
Money doesn’t equal happiness because happiness isn’t external; it’s 100% internal.The only plausible reason my site is becoming a booming career venture is because:
Another reason is because I’ve let the joy of the Lord be my strength. Family members (God bless their little hearts) may not understand what it means to be a remote professional, a freelance writer, or even a post-graduate who still lives with her parents. Yet, that’s totally okay. Why? Because I trust God. And I choose to enjoy my life every day.
I’ve been reading Joyce Meyer’s newest book, Overload, which talks about freeing yourself from the pressures of stress, and so far, I find it to be one of Joyce’s best books yet (this coming from someone who has probably read at least thirty to forty of Joyce’s other titles in the span of three years so I may be a bit biased).
In it, she mentions that,
And a great attitude to take with you on this journey called life is
“I’m not where I need to be but thank God I’m not where I used to be. I’m okay and I’m on my way!”I may not yet be a five star publicist or a best-selling author or even the most booked freelance writer but that’s okay. I serve a God who is limitless:
Genesis 18:14: Is anything too hard for the Lord? No!
Numbers 11:23(The MSG): God answered Moses, “So, do you think I can’t take care of you? You’ll see soon enough whether what I say happens for you or not.”
And lastly, a verse that I read and said a thousand times before just became seen with fresh eyes,
Matthew 19:26: With men, this is impossible. But WITH GOD, all things are possible (emphasis mine).
A key point I want you to take away from this whole piece is that you can be extraordinarily happy while living an ordinary, everyday life. Expecting life to be one long series of exciting events is setting yourself up for disappointment, which ends up increasing stress levels and stealing your joy!
Decide to be content and live life as it comes.
About the author:
Jesus Lover. 24 year old witty writer/poet/blogger. The Smart Cookie. I tend to see the best in people. Hoping to defend the media's greatest targets when I become a publicist. Saint Leo University graduate. Dog lover. Daydreamer. Believer. Child-like spirit. Hugger. Flower Child. Child of the One True King
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