We have all experienced sad moments in life. Some were caused by an event or external factor.
But what about those that are caused by internal factors?
You know the ones that seem unexplainable and indescribable. The ones that have us wrestling with ourselves.
God does want us to be happy. He has given us the fruit of joy. So why is it so difficult for us to produce what God has given us?
As someone who has battled with chronic depression, I understand the battle of trying to suppress sadness, loneliness and emptiness. One of my past fears of having children was whether or not I would pass on my dark emotions to my children and if it would affect my parenting.
In the aftermath of my fear, my toddler daughter recently noticed that I was a little down by external circumstances that was impeding upon my mind. I was in deep thought and didn’t think she was paying any attention because of her occupied play time.
“Mommy, why do you look so sad? Don’t you want to be happy? You should just be happy if you want to be happy.”
I was so impressed and out done with her level of thinking!
She was pretty much saying that I have to think myself happy. And she is right.
When we allow ourselves to continuously focus on the things that are interfering with us being in a good mood, we limit ourselves to a sad or depressed state. In order to change our mood, we have to change what we are thinking about.
In Joyce Meyer’s book, Battlefield of the Mind, she states:
“Thinking about what you are thinking about is very valuable because Satan usually deceives people into thinking that the source of their misery or trouble is something other than what it really is. He wants them to think they are unhappy due to what is going on around them (circumstances), but the misery is actually due to what is going on inside of them (their thoughts)”. [2002, p. 61]
We have the power to think ourselves a certain way. This could be positive or negative.
So now, whether you decide to take advice from a toddler or a respected author and Bible teacher, remember that God has said the same thing in His Word.
During your devotional time, read Philippians 4:8.