Secret of Happiness ~ BitterSweetLife

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Secret of Happiness

For some time I've been inclined to think that a Christian should be able to look at the world with a smiling eye, but that the smile should not be the annoying, "chipper" type that seems to address pain and suffering with the wisdom of a two year old.

The Christian's smile should indicate,
not that he is shallow and naive, but that in the deepest sense, he is in the know. In theory, this sounds good--and it's been my theory for some time, since a sense of adventure and a penchant for wonder are better, after all, then stylish jadedness, jadedness being not much fun after the first week--but sometimes the theory seems to be a theory searching for a basis.

So where does the Christian smile originate?

I think it comes from a realistic view of the ultimate shape of life. For the Christian, the greater part of reality has been explained. We still see "through a glass, darkly," and we don't know everything we would like to, but the huge, gaping questions in our hearts have mostly been answered. And building on what God has revealed to us, we can also say with confidence that Joy, not Pain, will triumph in the end.

There's no question that life is bittersweet, but invincible Joy will overcome all odds. Carried by the immortal, glorious, unkillable Christ, Joy will win out when earth expires--and the Christian knows this now.

That is why he smiles.

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Samantha said...

"...for this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison" (2 Cor 4:16)

Bittersweet and beautiful at the same time. The joy of knowing our Savior surpasses all things and all people!

I enjoyed your post. :D

Andy said...

Brilliant, Ariel. The "happy-go-lucky" joy is that of the fleeting (and some might argue - materialistic) kind, but the joy in Christ is forever.

Dan said...

Well said. I needed to read that today.


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