Two Ways to Be Happy
There are two ways that we can live our lives: the right way or the wrong way. There are two paths that we can take in life: the right path or the wrong path. The result is that we can live either the happy and holy way or the miserable and unholy way.
Everything you’re looking for is found in a relationship with God. Take the story that Jesus told about the prodigal son. It appears from the story that he wanted nice clothes, great food, and parties. So he left home and spent all of his money. And then he returned home, empty-handed and miserable.
But what was the first thing his father did? He gave him some nice clothes. He ordered his servants to prepare some fine food. And then he said, "We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began" (Luke 15:23-24). Everything the son was searching for was in his father’s house all along.
The way to be a happy person will be found in what you do and don’t do. Psalm 1:1 says, "Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers." So these are things that happy people don’t do.
But then the passage tells us what happy people do: "They delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do" (verses 2-3).
So happiness comes not only from what you do, but also from what you don’t do.