Sometimes happiness gets a bad rap. It can be depicted as flighty and fleeting, something we shouldn’t put stock in or count on too much. It’s a temporary feeling, like infatuation, that we warn teens against. Preachers say it’s far better to have joy than happiness and that God intends for us to be holy instead. But when I listen to Pharrell Williams’ song and watch this video I am reminded of what we all know is true:
Happiness is joy personified!
Sure, it’s a feeling that passes when times get hard. Of course, we don’t always feel like dancing, but happiness is also a vital part of our well-being. It’s what gives life to our lives! Without it, I believe we would surely die—or at least we would want to (Prov 17:22)! Besides that, it’s the very temporal nature of happiness that gives it its value. Precisely because happiness is a temporary state of being, we should cherish every happy moment that we enjoy.
My friend Chandra has reminded us that summer, too, is a temporal state, so, quick, while there’s still time, find your summer time happy place—the beach, the pool, the park–wherever–and revel in it! Grab your favorite drink—ice tea, ice coffee, ice cold lemonade—and sip slow! Because it’s these kinds of moments that you’ll want to remember with fondness when the winter winds blow and you’re feeling low. It’s the glorious days of summer music in the park and fishing off the pier, kayaking in the rapids, scuba diving off the coast, cruising in the Caribbean—or just staying up late and watching Netflix ‘til dawn!
Whatever summer looks like to you, wherever you find a little happiness that you can tuck into your pocket to save for a rainy day, take it! Think of these final, fleeting days of summer as the precious memory-filled days that they are and enjoy every moment.