Finding True Happiness — Happy People Embrace Today
June 14, 2013
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Finding True Happiness
This series is inspired by the book The Law of Happiness (Howard Books, 2011)
by Dr. Henry Cloud, a Christian psychologist and counselor.
Dr. Cloud’s book is a look at happiness from a Biblical/Christian perspective.
I’m building on Dr. Cloud’s thoughts and want to give him proper credit.
Happy People Embrace Today
I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to live in the past or in the future, and each of these choices offers me two more choices. I can focus on the past with debilitating regret or with escapist nostalgia. I can also focus on the future with debilitating fear or escapist dreaming. These four options aren’t the way to live a God-pleasing, happy life!
Our lives are made up of a string of moments, but we only have one moment to live, and that moment is now. Dr. Cloud writes that “today, or better yet, this moment, is all there is or all there ever will be.” (p. 47)
There’s a small ancient book that’s one of my favorites, and I especially love the title: The Sacrament of the Present Moment by Jean-Pierre de Caussade. God may inhabit eternity, but you and I, as mere mortals, are called to live in the present moment.
Dr. Cloud quotes the apostle Paul: “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16) Yesterday is past and tomorrow has yet to arrive. What we have is today. God’s call for us is to embrace the day, this day, and to live it to the full with faith in Him. God is meeting us where we are, in this present moment, and wants to make holy the here and now!