Conversations with God

Help yourself to happiness


November 11, 2022

Hello God, it’s me, Mara:

You know, Lord, some years ago, author, Bill Crowder, shared some interesting things about helping ourselves, stating that when we put You first, Lord, we know that You look beyond the surface things of our lives to what really matters.

Quoting him: “Recently I saw a television ad for a restaurant chain that made a dramatic claim. At those restaurants, the ad said you would “Help Yourself to Happiness,” Wouldn’t it be nice if a helping of potatoes or meat or pasta or desert would be all that was needed to provide happiness? Unfortunately, no restaurant can fulfill THAT promise.

“Happiness is an elusive thing – as we can see in almost every area of life. Our pursuit of happiness may involve food or a host of other things, but, in the end, happiness continues to escape our grasp.

“Why? In large measure it’s because the things we tend to pursue do not touch the deepest needs of our hearts. Our pursuits may provide moments of enjoyment, distraction, or pleasure, but the cry of our hearts goes unheard – the cry for help and hope. That is why the psalmist points us to a better way when he says, ‘Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God’ (Ps. 146:5).

“Help yourself? Yes – if we are seeking the happiness found in the Lord. It is only when we entrust ourselves to God and His care that we can find the happiness we seek. Our hope and help are found only in trusting Him.”

Thank You, Lord, for reminding us that when we ask You to draw us to Yourself, that is reminding us that in You we’ll know the real joy and satisfaction that our heart longs for, and by putting You first, we will have happiness that lasts.

Love Mara


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