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Rick Warren (The Purpose Driven Life) says that life on earth is just a temporary assignment. This world is not our home, and therefore we will never truly find complete happiness here. Yes, there will be happy moments, but also just enough discontent, sorrow, rejection, and hurt to make us realize that we are strangers in a strange land. Happiness is not about material success or great fame and popularity. Those things can never be trusted.. Rick wrote, “Never focus on temporary crowns.”

Wouldn’t it make us more content here, if we always kept in mind, that we are just passing through? When this life is over, it’s not the end of the story. It would make many things easier to bear if we thought that way.

What is happiness to you? Is it a nice house, beautiful clothes, a boyfriend, girlfriend, or lover? A new car, expensive jewelry, a great career, or other signs of success, by the world’s standards?

I have found that happiness is fleeting, but joy abides. Happiness comes and goes, but the joy of the Lord is always present. It’s our strength. Why? Because we know we are loved by Him, and we know that there is something better  in our future.

God wants us to enjoy life, not just endure it. I believe that when we find our purpose, then we are fulfilled. That’s how we find fulfillment, by doing what we’re called to do.

Now you can’t just make that happen, though many try. God has to reveal it to you, sometimes little by little. Look for confirmations that God is leading you in a certain direction, and then follow His lead. He can change your life overnight with one connection, or one introduction. Or maybe your calling is to be the best mom or dad that you can be. Whatever it is, you will know in your heart, as God shows you His plan. And it’s never too late or early to find it. Even if you’ve gotten off the path a bit, He can bring you back.

You might not think you’re important, but without you everything would be different. You would be amazed to know all the lives you’ve touched. Sometimes the greatest ministry we could ever have, is to love those close to us unselfishly, and to simply give of ourselves.

In our upside down Kingdom of God, if you want to be first, you must be last, and to become the greatest, you must be the least. You can have all the success that the world offers, and still be a failure, still be unfulfilled. That’s because our happiness is not found in things, or great achievements, but in Him. And we will find a way to praise Him, when life is stormy, and the way is rough, simply because He is worthy.

So some days will be happy, some will be sad, some will have sunshine, some will have rain…

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