Happy Days

28 Mar

I have to confess, I am pretty happy these days. Life is good.

I have a job I like and values me, I have good friends, great family, go to a good church, am involved with some great ministries/causes, have a good living situation and a future that looks bright and wide open. And most importantly, my faith is alive, vibrant, strong and growing.

And I feel guilty about all of that.

One of my struggles these days is a sense that I shouldn't be happy, that life shouldn't be good, that I shouldn't be blessed by God.

I feel this both because of lingering guilt over what I did and what happened almost two years ago with the church. And I feel it because there are plenty of people who are willing to say that to me pretty regularly — sometimes explicitly and sometimes in subtle ways. But the message is clear. ?

"You shouldn't be happy. You shouldn't be blessed. You shouldn't be allowed to move on… accomplish anything new… be used by God."

And sometimes it is really easy to buy into those lies. To listen too much.

But the truth is that my life is good and I am happy. ?And this is because of God's presence and blessing. ?

I am learning about the power of grace these days — and that it is greater than I ever recognized.

The Bible insists that not only does God forgive all sins, he also bears them on himself. They are no longer mine and have been fully removed and taken care of. God doesn't even remember them. ? In Christ, we are made white as snow and our sins are as far from us as the east is from the west. ?God restores and reconciles all things.?

God is all about second chances and changed lives.?

I am not a?disappointment?to God; I am his prized?possession. ?And so are you. ?His love is boundless and irrational and lavish. For me and for you.

Do I have regrets? ?Sure.

Are there things I miss about my "old life"? ?You bet — and mostly it's relationships.

Are there things I wish I could change? Of course.

But all that said, I am happy — and I think that is actually a good thing.

Sunday in church, we sang these words from the Book of Job:

Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow

Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name

When I'm found in the

desert place

Though I walk through the wilderness

Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out

I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord,
Still I will say…

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

I used to sing that song a lot in worship — and I understood it intellectually. I now sing it and totally get it in my soul.

So today, I bless the name of the Lord… and tomorrow — no matter what may come — I will do the same.

And maybe that is the key to HAPPY DAYS.

1 Comment

Posted by on March 28, 2011 in Uncategorized


One response to “Happy Days

  1. Ben Dubow

    March 28, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks Joe… well said!



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