Week 23: Tuesday – Onwards & Upwards




… because everyone who is a child of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world—our faith.

1 John 5:4



What does it take to make a person happy? That was a question that has plagued the modern world. There are many definitions of happiness. The Merriam-Webster dictionary has stated it as “the state of being happy” or “an experience that makes you happy.” However, what is it that makes us happy?

Many people have tried to find the root of happiness. Recently, there was a documentary called Happy, which was directed by an Academy Award-nominated director named Roko Belic. In it, they try to find what makes people across the globe happy. This began from a New York Times article that ranks the United States as the 23rd happiest country in the world. It begged to ask the question, “how can the richest and most advanced country in the world only be the 23rd happiest country?” If you have everything that everybody wants, why aren’t you happy?

There was a certain scene there where they interviewed an Indian man who operated a rickshaw. He was talking about how in the summer, his head and feet would be burned. In the winter, he would be wet and cold. Why? He lived in the slums of India. One part of his house only had a partial wall with a tarpaulin as a cover. The confusing part? HE WAS HAPPY. He was happy because he had a good house and he knew he was providing for his family. He was happy because he was near his neighbors and friends who would be there with him. He was happiest when he would come home from driving a rickshaw and his son would run out to greet him. Happiness was not connected to anything physical. What made the Indian man so happy was that he knew that no matter if he went through hard times, he was doing it so that his family will have a future. What made the man happy, was knowing that his life was being used for a purpose!

For many, happiness is as enigmatic as the question of what life is about. For us, happiness is simple: to be in the center of God’s perfect will, used up perfectly. When we understand that, the question then is not whether or not we’re happy. It then becomes “how best can you use me, Lord?”


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