Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
— Colossians 3:16-17 NIV

Day to day, we hear a lot about happiness. Whether it’s in a music lyric, a quote you find on pinterest or the emojis you send to a friend. I think something a lot of us want is to be happy. I’ve found that it is really easy to find happiness in our circumstances. I’m having a good day when I get an A on my exam or when class gets cancelled or when I have plans with my friends. But sometimes its challenging for me to find happiness on the days where I am studying all day or the days I am all by myself. In Colossians 3:16-17 Paul tells us what a “happy” life in God looks like. In verse 16 Paul talks about the church and verse 17 talks about what happiness looks like extended to our personal life. 

beyond our circumstances

Happiness with God goes beyond our circumstances. It is bigger than just what is happening here and now, and that's something to celebrate! When the environment changes around us His goodness is still the same. Who He is is unfaltering — that is the foundation we get to stand on. When we dwell in His truth we get a better grasp for who He is, what He promises to us, and who we are in Him. That is a game changer. I want to dwell in the word because when I dwell in the word it becomes home base for me. So when things do go wrong and when people break their promises to me I know where I can come back to. I know the home base that I am sliding into isn't going to change or disappear or disappoint me because my home base is God. 

none of us are exceptions

None of us are exceptions to this “happy” life with God. We aren't disqualified from what He has for each of us. I don't think it is always going to look like A’s or a lot of money or even no tears.To be honest I think it is going to look a lot different—because it goes beyond circumstances.  But Paul tells us whatever you do, whether in word or deed, to do it all in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to him. That doesn't say: “whatever you do—when it’s easy, or when it’s fun or when it’s convenient.” There is no condition on that statement. It says whatever we do we are to do it while giving thanks to God.

My challenge to you this week is to look beyond you circumstances. It will start to transform the way you think when you start to find Him in your daily life and dwell in His truth. You will find that your definition of happiness will also start to transform. You’re worth finding that happiness with Him.  


Lord, I thank you that you go far beyond our worst and best circumstances. Thank you that we are able to dwell in your living word. I ask that this week it would be easy to thank you in every step of our week. That you would give us the vision to see you more. 

- Ashley Gibson