I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews ~ Acts 26:2
Happiness is an intentional state of mind. It does not require money, health or stature. When we intend to be happy, we find that it is completely independent of any person or anything that surrounds us. Happiness is yours if you intentionally choose to have it.
In this passage, Paul coined the words ‘I think myself happy’. He was not a free man. He was as infamous as he was popular. His imprisonment was not like the legal system that we are used to, he wasn’t presumed innocent. Money could not change the situation he was in. Still, he thought himself happy.
When we find ourselves in sticky situations, the enemy will try to make us think that if the outside changes that it will bring us happiness. When bills are overwhelming, we desire a boatload of money to make us happy. When we are feeling lonely, we want to connect with a person to make us happy. While they may provide a temporary lift-me-up, happiness must be brought from the inside out and not the outside in.
Today, I encourage you to think yourself happy. Push your thoughts toward happiness, intentionally.
Enjoy your coffee and power up your day with happy thoughts