His Happiness

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4

I read about a woman named Bonnie Ware, a nurse who works in Australia. She has worked several years as a palliative care nurse, which means that she is with patients during their last 12 weeks of life. 

As she began to walk the halls and listen to those patients, she noticed that as they came down to the end of their lives, so many people had an insight and clarity of focus and vision that perhaps they had not had before.

She began to write down the different things they said that they regretted about their lives as they came to the end of their lives. Bonnie compiled a list of the five things that people most regret as they come to the end of their lives.

Here are the top five. 

1.     “I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.” 

2.     “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

3.     “I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.” 

4.     “I wish I’d stayed in touch with my friends.” 

5.     “I wish I had let myself be happier.”

Think with me about that last regret: “I wish I had let myself be happier.”

So many people get to the end of their lives, and they have that regret: “If I had just let myself be happier, if I just hadn’t worried so much, if I just hadn’t let everything get to me, if I just had allowed myself to be happier.” 

Do you know something? Jesus Christ has come, and He died upon the cross and He rose from the grave so that you can experience God’s forgiveness, His grace, His mercy, His peace, His joy and His happiness in your life. 

Somebody asked me one time, “Do you think that God really wants everybody to be happy?”  I replied, “Well, that depends on what makes you happy.”

If sin makes you happy, then no, God doesn’t want you to be happy. But as we are transformed into the image of Jesus Christ, He also transforms our desires so that what we want most is also what pleases Him most and gives us the greatest joy.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!