Don’t worry, be happy.. Whimsical tune of an irritating song, or words to live by? Don’t worry (Matthew 6:30-33), be happy (John 16:33) is actually a Biblical principal, but is it a passive comment or an active one?
What do I mean by that? Does it mean don’t worry, be happy in the sense that we shouldn’t really worry as it does not help, or is it a command in a sense? Don’t worry, be happy! Both I think. The best way to explain it is to make it personal and tell you how it has influenced me and is influencing me.
I have recently started my own business and I can tell you, that has its share of issues that can easily make people worry. At first I was stressed about starting it. Doing a website, getting on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+ etc. Then getting all of my internal systems up and running. Then making contacts and getting business in. It is all difficult and there are loads of reasons to worry. And that is exactly what I did. Looking back at the time so far I have realised that even though I worried, nothing positive came from that, only negatives. I got eczema on my thumb knuckles (for some reason I get it there when I stress). I constantly put pressure on myself and I was never really happy, although I was doing what I wanted to do. So what was the point of worrying?
I then realised that worrying was a choice. I may have felt forced into it, but I had the choice as to whether I would worry or be happy, it was my decision. Now the main stress with starting my own business was the fact that there was no money coming in from it, and it needed to generate an income. Phillipians 4:19 says, And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.I chose to believe that, I chose not to worry, I chose to be happy. Did my circumstances change straight away? Well not straight away, but I was a much happier person and that came across to clients. That enabled me to start this blog, it enabled me to write work articles and make appointments to meet people. I look at the situation now, and although sales are still thin, I have so many potential sales that if they all came in I would be overworked! I trust that these (and others) will all come in soon!
Now if I look back at the last month or so, I could have used that time worrying, or being happy. Being happy seemed to have had a positive result, but even if worrying would have produced the same result (which I doubt), it would have been time ‘lost’ as I would not have enjoyed it at all.
When you wake up tomorrow and issues start to arise, do you trust God and be happy, or do you worry about them?