Holiness vs Happiness??

Dan, Sometimes I think we focus too much on career and not enough on holiness..  I am happy to just have a job…period…all these career cruises, etc. seem extravagant…especially when we are just trying to have a roof over our head and food to eat. It seems to me that the rich can go on cruises and vacations and seminars to find their “calling” but when do we acknowledge the Lord and thank him even for our basic needs being met? God is MUCH more concerned with our holiness than our happiness.  –  Michelle

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Interesting perspective.  I’m thrilled we don’t have to choose either holiness or happiness – personally, I want both.  The dictionary defines “holiness” as being spiritually pure and “happiness” as being characterized by contentment and joy. Will people be drawn to what we are sharing if we are holy but not happy?

We know misery loves company but it doesn’t call people to higher levels of success – or holiness.  I encourage you to wear your blessings well.  Don’t apologize for having success in all areas of your life.  If you are disturbed by being disliked by other people you will have a hard time being blessed.  Because as you experience success and happiness you will be criticized and pulled down by those who are holy but not happy.

True friends will cheer you on when you get that promotion, start your own business, buy that Mercedes and make your first million.  If your friends are making you feel guilty for being successful, get some new friends.  Don’t let anyone make you apologize for having peace, joy and blessings in your life.

Yes, thank God for helping us meet our basic needs.  And then open your arms to the opportunities that are dropped on our doorstep every day as a result of being a “child of the King.”  In Psalm 35:27 it says the Lord takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.

Are you giving the Lord pleasure today or making Him weep with pity?

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