I would suggest flying to Hawaii and buying a classic black pair of Louboutins…or LA and a Lambo….or both.
Happiness is talked about a lot. And even more in the past generation because of the influx of mental health awareness, specifically depression. Everyone is constantly on a pursuit for a life time of genuine happiness.
Well, sorry to break it to you, but that doesn't exist.
Ariana Grande said it best when she said, "happiness is the same price as red bottoms." I completely agree. I am truly happy and even more confident every time I slip those shoes on…and not only that, but you better believe I was the happiest I've ever been when I was in the store in Hawaii walking on that red carpet on those red bottoms receiving the greatest customer service that lead to me walking out of the store with a bag in hand. Why? Because I love fashion. This was the first major item that has brought me closer into the industry of fashion, among the artists and models and directors. It is not just a pair of shoes to me or those alike…But that was already explained in this blog post.
How can such a materialistic thing be equal to my happiness?
Happiness is fleeting. Happiness is one of the most materialistic feelings we can experience. That is not to say it is fake when we are happy, nor is it bad, but it is a temporary and unfulfilling as all feelings are.
The Bible (NLT) mentions the term happy a total of 9 times. In the context of those times, it shows that this is simply a fleeting feeling and associated with each situation or circumstance.
"The festival will be a happy times of celebrating…" Deuteronomy 16:14 (NLT)
"He gives the childless woman a family, making her a happy mother." Psalm 113:9 (NLT)
"Be happy with those who are happy and weep with those who weep…" Romans 12:15 (NLT)
"Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises." James 5:13 (NLT)
The Bible mentions the term Joy a total of 104 times. The difference in the number of times mentioned of the two words alone shows what God values more. In these situations joy is shown to be more than a feeling, but something that is fulfilling.
"You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine." Psalm 4:7 (NLT)
"For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing.” Jeremiah 31:25 (NLT)
"At that same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said…" Luke 10:21 (NLT)
"I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 (NLT)
Ultimately, this shows us that happiness is not the same as joy nor is it worth as much. Happiness is fun and obviously the best feeling, but it is also just that, a feeling. In the end, it is temporary as is despair and anger. It is based on our circumstances and what shoes we get. That is to say, this also shows even more that happiness is a choice. It and anger and sadness can be controlled if we make the effort.
Joy should be seen not as a feeling, but a gift from God. It does not mean that we will never be sad after committing to a life with God, but it does mean that with the Holy Spirit we can see painful situations in a different way and get through them smoother. There is always hope in God and when we start to lose out, He will show us that He always provides. It is His faithfulness that saves us, not ours.