- Problem One with “Do what you love and do it often” is that we don't know what makes us happy.
- Problem Two is that doing what we love doesn't seem important.
- Problem Three is that we feel guilty about pursuing happiness.
- He worked much harder than most,
- was put in prison more frequently,
- was flogged more severely,
- was exposed to death again and again.
- Five times he was given 39 lashes
- three times he was beaten with rods,
- once pelted with stones,
- three times shipwrecked,
- and spent a night and a day in the open sea,
- was constantly on the move.
- He was in danger from rivers,
- in danger from bandits,
- in danger from his fellow Jews,
- in danger from Gentiles;
- in danger in the city,
- in danger in the country,
- in danger at sea;
- and in danger from false believers.
And yet he said "Rejoice!"
I believe that God has given your heart a happiness, a something that colors your world and adds flavor to your day. Maybe it’s gardening, writing, organizing, creating, cooking, selling, or tent-making. Whatever it is, you should be able to honor God with it. Don’t be afraid of what others will think; don’t worry about keeping up the appearance of a long-faced Christian. As ridiculous as it is, do what you love and do it often, to the glory of God!
"But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful." - Psalm 68:3
Tell yourself right now that you don't have to feel guilty about pursuing happiness in the Lord. Leave a comment below telling about something you love that you have felt irrationally guilty about pursuing. Did someone put that guilt on you, or did you take it on yourself?