Happy All the Time

Do you wish you were happy all the time? Is it your expectation that you should be? Do you think that if you were doing everything right that you would be? Although I think a lot of us expect to be happy all the time, I don’t think that’s the way the world works … even if we are doing all the right things. Let’s take a minute for a short coffee break and talk about this.

I remember being in Sunday School as a little girl and singing the song, “Happy All the Time.” If you don’t know it, here are the words (If you know it, feel free to do the hand motions while we sing):

I’m inright, outright, upright, downright
Happy all the time

I’m inright, outright, upright, downright
Happy all the time

Since Jesus Christ came in
And cleansed my heart from sin

I’m inright, outright, upright, downright
Happy all the time

It’s a cute song that brings back happy memories; here’s the problem, it’s not Biblical.

This morning, I was reading in the book of Mark and I came across something that I had never thought about before. Mark 1:9-13 says, “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan.” You probably know the story of Jesus getting baptized by John the Baptist and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove. And you probably know the story of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. But have you ever thought about the fact that they happen chronologically?

Jesus was around 30 years old when he got filled with the Holy Spirit. Disclaimer – I’m not a theologian and I’m not trying to start an argument about the deity or indwelling of Christ. All I know is what the Bible says – after he was raised out of the water, the Spirit descended on him. Clearly, at this point, he had the Holy Spirit with him. So, if our Sunday School song holds true, then his life should have been perfect and happy, happy, happy from then on. But, instead, the Spirit leads him into the wilderness to suffer intense temptation from Satan (not a happy time). Just as soon as he gets filled with the Spirit, he enters what is probably the darkest time in his life, other than his crucifixion.

Wait a minute… I thought that if I was following God then my life would be happy. What about the fruits of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? How does it work if Jesus got filled with the Spirit but was led to the desert where there wasn’t joy?

Here’s what I think. We expect that we will experience all the fruits of the Spirit all the time. But, fruit is seasonal. Trees need to go through all four seasons, and only one of them involves fruit. Maybe, having the Holy Spirit involves the other seasons also. Winter, when things look dead but there is growth going on where we don’t see it. Spring, when we start to experience new growth. Summer, when growth is at it’s peak. Fall – when the fruit is ready to harvest.

We want fruit all the time. We want to live with continual joy and be happy all the time. But, that isn’t realistic and I would say isn’t even Biblical. I think that our trust in God gets shaken when He doesn’t match our expectations, but our expectations are wrong.

If you are in a time of life that isn’t happy, don’t worry. God hasn’t forgotten you. He hasn’t taken His Spirit from you. You may just be in winter. But, here’s the hope, winter doesn’t last forever. Spring will come and eventually you will experience joy again. Click To Tweet

  • Great application and oh so true. Sunshine does return after the darkness. God is always present all we need to do is call out to Him.

  • There are no absolutes.
    But happiness in itself is not an emotion it is as condo in and the main particle is interest.
    You can test this by finding interest in something you’re not happy about.
    Sometimes I use this on people who are depressed. One wo.an in particular recently lost her son.
    I asked her what” she desired” for/ about/in/ by her son. And what her son desired desired for/about/in Her and after a short time she became interested and happier.

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