Don't you know that happiness is not the point? It can't be. Why? Because happiness changes with circumstances.
What (or who) you are happy with today, can, and probably will, change tomorrow. You've heard the old saying, "Don't like the weather in Texas? Wait a few minutes and it'll change." That's what it's like with happiness. Happy at the moment? Wait a minute, it'll change. Something will happen that you won't like. Heck I'm not even talking about a drastic change that takes you from exuberance to despair. Even going from say, the happiness of finding an unexpected $20 in your jeans while doing the laundry to the realizing you have 3 more loads to do, can be a real bummer and create a sense of boredom and monotony that is anything but happy.
On an even tougher level, that boyfriend or girlfriend or spouse you're expecting to make you happy for the rest of your life? Not going to happen. Not on the level we usually expect. And when you finally realize the truth of that, it can bring great unhappiness. And then we try to force that person to make us happy. That doesn't work either. They don't have it in them.
So assuming you have found the above to be true like I have, what's the answer?
He has it in Him. But it's not the happiness you think you need to live this life. It's a much deeper understanding of knowing a Person with more power than the universe He created, yet still chooses to be present in your life - in your every day circumstances that both please and displease you. Some call it joy. Some call it assurance that everything turns out alright. I like both of those words together: joyful assurance. I may not be happy, but when I look to Christ, I am assured that it doesn't matter. Not only am I assured He is right there in my circumstances, but that He's in control of them (no matter how chaotic) and that in the end, it'll all work out for me. THAT brings me deep joy!
So how about you? Where do you find true happiness that doesn't fail you?
Husband. Father. Art Director. I am husband to lovely Trudy. Father to Chelsea, Christopher and Zachary. Art Director at Buckner International. Owner of my own studio, apcreative: design for advertising.