Is happiness getting in the way of your joy?

Resistance to change abounds. Resentment. Disorientation. Anger. Fear. Covid is uninvited and Covid’s sway of changes are unwanted. If happiness lies in the past, then what will you do, if there is no going back, to the way things once were? Uninvited change is God’s way of teaching you the value of joy. Loss of happiness requires mental hygiene.

God’s promise says, “When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up . . . for I am the Lord your God." Deep waters, great trouble, rives of difficulty and fires of oppression. 5 symbols of change beyond your control.

Happiness can change. 70% of change initiatives fail, when humans propose the change. Divine Intelligence introduces change and humanity fails to change. God may remove some of your happiness, to increase your joy. Happiness can diminish or be lost. The stimulus of happiness originates in “what” is happening to you. Happiness rises from the word “happening.” Happiness is not wrong. But joy is superior, when compared. Joy is entrenched in belongings you can never lose. So sweep your inner house. And say to the news, “I am the Lord your God.”

Changes on the outside, solicit a change response from the inside. God’s promises affirm that “changes-from-within,” restore a sense of safety and peace, while future details remain unrevealed. Speak with firmness, “I am the Lord your God,” until you regain your inner peace.

Passing through Covid may require you to shed some happiness, to make space for greater joy.

Your keyboard can carry five times more germs than your toilet seat. Mental health is spiritual hygiene. God’s promises cleanse faulty assumptions about change. Toilet seats are understandable targets for specific treatment. The first step in “inner-change” is thought hygiene.

The scripture promise addresses external changes beyond your control. You can respond to things you cannot control, or you can respond to God. The scripture promise affirms the ancient wisdom. It is not what happens to you. It is what happens in you!