Why “Do What Makes You Happy” is a Lie

We live in a society today that throws around man-written, fluffy, Hallmark-y quotes as if they are truth. I grew up thinking that something was true and meaningful and the basis of it “sounding” right.
But oh, how this simply does not make sense.

One of the most basic examples: Do what makes you happy. You do “you.” Whatever makes you happy! It’s all about you! Live life for you, who cares what anyone says?

If we all decided to live a life off “doing what makes us happy,” there would be a lot of people doing nothing but eating good food, watching television, and having sex. If it’s about ME, then the things I do are self-serving.

I’m not saying you’re not meant to be happy in this life. I absolutely believe the best and “truthful” life is a marvellously “happy” one. But I challenge you, if you haven’t before, to ask yourself: Upon whose words are you basing the foundation of your life?

The Word of God says that my STRENGTH comes from the JOY of the LORD. Not from “doing what makes me happy.”
Learning about the heart of God, then, and what He joys in, will draw us closer to His living, breathing Spirit that promises to live within us when we accept Him, becoming Himself 

our very lifeblood and strength. In myself, I am so utterly weak. The things that bring my “flesh” happiness are so fleeting and temporary. There is no joy in them. But the ROCK– the things that joy Him, bring us eternal, powerful, MOVING joy that pleases the only One who will sustain.

From where does your “happiness” come? From where does your “truth” come, and is it actually true?


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Welcome! Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to own a blog, and I created this one to inspire others and help myself. I am a passionate twenty something-year old woman with a love of cooking, tap dancing, and meeting new people-- and of course, primarily an intention to die to my human self and seek God with my whole being. I will eat anything with peanut butter and love spontaneity. I aim to live life in submission to what Christ has for me. I'm currently studying Christian Theology and English at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada.

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