“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
The pursuit of a “happy heart” keeps this verse in mind constantly. Jesus wants us to have the fullest life possible. Of course this doesn’t mean lavish homes, big cars and Swiss bank accounts. No, Christ’s aim is MUCH higher. His wants His life reproduced in us. A big-hearted, radical life that gets regularly described by its recipients as patient, kind, humble, enduring, peaceful, and gentle. Those kinds of people whose life and love transcends the bonds of earth. They simply live above the fray. That, my friends, is real life! But to experience that kind of freedom requires a “happy heart”.
There are two questions that help us figure out how to get there. They are:
- What experiences make you feel most alive? (Keeping in mind we are questing towards a Christ-life. I have a friend who jokes by answering “when I eat excessive amounts of chocolate chip cookies!)
- What experiences make you feel most “like you”?
I realize these questions sound similar, so let me provide an example of my answers for each question. Question #1 is an expansive look at what pours life into you. For me, a walk in the woods is incredibly life charging. I love the surroundings and the quiet. Question #2 reflects more on your purpose. Your work life and career. The reason(s) you are here on earth. For me, #2 is answered by, “encouraging others”. When I’ve been able to encourage someone I feel like I am “me”. The person God created me to be. It is my sincerest hope that my tombstone would read, “He encouraged us.”
I encourage you to take a few days to ponder these questions. The will provide you with valuable answers to how you can best help you heart to be happy!