Lately I have felt genuinely happy. Despite everything that is happening in the world with the virus and the increasing numbers of unemployment. I am finally finished with school, we have been able to pay off some of our debts which feels like a huge weight lifted off our shoulders, I’ve been able to work from home which is allowed me to spend some much needed time with my family, live out my “stay at home dog mom” fantasy and I have found a sense of community with the people around me. However, I have noticed in my life that when everything seems to be going well and my stress is at a low, I don’t spend as much time with God.
As Christians, we tend to put God on the back burner when things are going right. When things are going well, we don’t pray as much because we don’t need to ask for anything. Life is good and we don’t lean on him or anyone. I am guilty of this, when things seem to be in place, my prayers become shorter and quicker.
While on the other hand, when things are out of sorts, I spend a lot of time in prayer. I find myself praying short little prayers throughout the day asking God to help me in certain situations. Some of my hardest days are when I felt closest to God because of how much I would talk to him.
We need to be spending just as much time with God even when things are going right. Here are 5 ways that we can work on to keep God the center of our life in a season of happiness.
Thank God for everything. The small, the big and everything in between. John 15:5 says that apart from God we cannot do anything. Everything we have we owe to him. We find our strength and wisdom in God. One thing that I try to do, is write down every blessing in my journal. Something good that happened during the day, how I was feeling or just anything positive. That way I can go back and reflect on everything he has done for me. These reminders come in handy especially when I am not in a season of happiness and need some encouragement. Trust me, you’ll thank me for this advice later.
Don’t forget God. You’ve seen his glory, but don’t let your eyes forget that. Do not let distractions of this world lead you astray. When things are going well, it’s easy for us to find security in other things such as money, careers, education or success. These verses from Deuteronomy Chapter 8 are a great explanation of this:
11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 15 He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. 16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
In a season of happiness our faith can easily grow dim if we aren’t careful. I encourage you to practice these steps, so your faith not only stays strong but grows deeper in this season.