That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. – 1 Timothy 4:10 (NIV)
Think for a minute what your hope is in? Is it getting a scholarship to a good college? Is it finding a relationship with someone? What thing in your life is stopping your happiness? What thing do you feel needs to change so that you can really begin enjoying life?
Your answers to questions like those are important. They show you where you’re basing your happiness. Often, we place our happiness in having a relationship or looking forward to something in the future. The problem with putting all our happiness in those things is that things can happen.
Circumstances could change and you might not get the scholarship you were working toward. You might not end up finding that right relationship. What then? If all your happiness is tied up in events or relationships at some point you’re going to be let down.
Instead, consider focusing your happiness on something that doesn’t change, Jesus. Let Jesus be the source of your joy on a daily basis. Choose to be happy each day regardless of the circumstances around you. You can’t always control your circumstances, but you can choose to be happy. So decide to place your hope in Jesus.