What incredible timing. Today I put on my fake smile and went to work. No one had any idea my fibromyalgia was flaring up and I was in a lot of pain. No one knew that I was tired of dealing with my clients who tell blatant lies to get their way. I was Ms. Happiness today, as I am many other days.
May I share something? Pretending to be Ms. Happiness is not fun. Lisa said "someone can easily impersonate happiness without having it." Personally I think she's a cousin of Ms. Perfection! We pretend to be happy because we want everyone to think good things about us. We want to look like we "have it all together".
Lisa points out "Ms Happiness's A-plus efforts just aren't enough to produce the results she desperately desires." Ahem! Mrs. Whittle those are my toes you are stepping on.
Did my plastic grin make my pain go away? No. Did it make my fibromyalgia go into remission? Absolutely not. what about my client, were they any better. Umm, that would be a no as well. So all I did was waste energy trying to make other people think all was well. It wasn't.
So how do we get out of this fakeness, this happiness pretense? Get joy. I know, I know. You want to know how you can "get" joy. Lisa has the answer. "True joy comes from within when we are operating in our life in the way that pleases God."
So the very simplified steps are:
- Make sure you have the Holy Spirit living inside you (if you are not sure about that visit here)
- Find out what pleases God (i.e. read your Bible and pray)
- Apply those principles in your life consistently
Pretty simple huh? Let me close with what I think is Lisa's most important sentence in this chapter.
"When we go to the real Source of joy, we find the answers we need to secure our contentment in life forever."
As always, be blessed and from now on, be joyful!
Be sure to stop by Lelia's for more great insight and to fellowship with other's doing this study with us.