Browsing through a number of articles about things that make people happy, will reveal a number of things to you:

• Good relationships with family and friends and a feeling of joy in our labor are the things that make life exciting, meaningful, and rich.
• Most people value life-changing experiences more than money and things.
• Having fun is more valuable than acquiring material things. People tend to be happier if they spend money on experiences instead of things.
• People feel happier and more content to have more time to experience life than to have more money.

Deep reflection over these discoveries will reveal that happiness and love are choices and not just feelings that hide inside us. Happiness and love are not “out There” but are deep within our spirits,
waiting to be cultivated.

Everything we need for happiness is at our fingertips. When we are born into a family, love surrounds us. By the time we have lived long enough to really know love, we have the ability to love. Consider it a great joy to be loved by God who so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

Above all, we are blessed with opportunities to spread love and happiness.

Many successful people started why with little or nothing. Some of them lost everything but made a comeback. They chose to move forward and make the most out of what they had to work with.

We choose to be happy, kind and resourceful, or to be unhappy, unkind and always in need. We choose to live a life with love, or to live a life devoid of love and true happiness..

True wealth lies in love and happiness

Did you ever hear the adage, “True wealth lies in the things money can’t buy?”

Indeed, wealth means more than just your bank balance and stock portfolio. Some of the most miserable people this writer knows all multimillionaires. True wealth does not come from simply chasing financial dreams.

As you should know by now, true wealth lies in healthy relationships with neighbors, family and friends, but particularly on our personal relationship with the Lord Jesus who said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

You should also know this: true wealth lies , also, in the good you do – the things you do out of joy and love, with no pressure of need.

The Apostle Paul tells us that those who are rich should “not to be arrogant nor put their hope in wealth. Rather, we are “to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share” (1 Timothy 6:17-18).

A Christian’s true wealth

How beautiful and spiritually uplifting it is for one to reflect on true wealth, especially in the context of faith! True wealth may be equated to the pearl of great price (Matthew 13:45-46), because both of them are greatly desirable

For those of us who are Christians, Jesus is the source of love and happiness in our lives. He alone is desirable. He inspires love and happiness within us to be shared with our. He, therefore, is our true wealth.

The different crises all over the world, particularly poverty, persecution, and inequality, pose a challenge – and a threat – to our faith. Although statistics will show that the greater amount our help in these situations have come from Christian organizations, the way we have responded has been used as an excuse by a great many people to stop going to church or become hostile to the Christian faith.

[Although this is not the place to criticize Christians and Christianity, it must be admitted that Jesus was correct when He said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven,” (Matthew 7:21). He also warned that the evil one would sow tares among his good seed (Matthew 13:24-30). There are many “tares” in the church today that greatly inhibit its full function.]

We are called to face all trials with joy, faith, and optimism. Because it is in hard times that we find opportunities to become mature, spiritual persons. Trials in life test the authenticity of our faith. We find Jesus more desirable during tough times.

It is through suffering that we test our love, especially our love for God. Jesus tells his disciples that the easiest way people will know that they have a real and powerful relationship with God is by how they love one another (John 13:35). God sees our love for Him in the way we treat each other (John 21:15-17).

A call to action

To live a life rich in true love and happiness, which only comes from having a personal relationship with Jesus, is to bring people to Him so they may also experience Him. We should spread love and happiness around to lead people to Him, which is after all our calling and mission.

May God provide us opportunities to reach out and share with the less fortunate just as He provides us reasons to be thankful for and moments to focus on His great blessings.

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