Philippians 4:12-13: “I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him that gives me strength.”
Happiness in the outdoors
What is happiness to me? Happiness to me is living out my passions and using them for great things. Some of my passions include serving, music, outdoors ministry, and seeking relationships. Also I find so much joy in other people and the interactions that I have with them. I find my happiness in what God has given me and has promised me. The beauty of life gives me happiness as I continue to search for answers and grow.
Happiness in outdoors ministry
For me success is being happy in life. I know that I do not find my happiness in material things. However they can be nice. I know that I will be successful when I am doing something that I am passionate about and something that helps others and impacts others. I have already done that in my past. I have worked in outdoors ministry for the past six summers and they have been the most impactful and meaningful summers of my life. So I want to continue to pursue passions like outdoors ministry because that is what brings me success.
Taking campers backpacking for a week in the Idaho wilderness
Suffering comes in the form of sin in my life. I struggle daily with sin and it brings me down. It causes suffering in my heart and my mind. I am being stripped away from God because of my actions. God is always near me but I lose sight of that. That is what causes suffering and that is what I continue to work on. Suffering also comes in other forms like wars, stress, and broken relationships. I do a pretty good job of dealing with my suffering. I bring my sufferings up to God and I ultimately do not let them control me.
The suffering of conflict in our world
Suffering means conquering mountains literally and figuratively.
Life being meaningful is knowing that you have a purpose and that you are going to fulfill that purpose. We are not meant to do meaningless work in life. So we must strive to find the work and passion that makes life meaningful to us. God is a big part of this for me. My faith gives me meaning, purpose, and a mission in life. I have the bible as my guide and I strive to live by the words given to me.
A perfect representation of a fulfilling and meaningful job
The Dalai Lama is a good representation of giving oneself to help others
There are many things in life that are a representation of success other than the material things and achieving ones dreams. I would say that success can be achieved when you give yourself up to others and serve with your whole heart. It's hard to be selfless and give up your time for the benefit of others and not of yourself. However this act gives me a sense of success when I know that others are impacted because of me. Success is also represented in love. Loving others and taking action to make sure others are loved is a big success. When I do these things, my heart and mind are filled with great joy.
This video above gives a good representation of what work and a feeling of unhappiness is. This man is buried in endless work and stress. It seems that his whole life is wrapped around paper and time. Then the man decides that he needs to get on the train and just go. He needs to find the happiness and meaning in his life. The man ends up at a beautiful beach with an amazing sunset that probably gives him a hope and a sense of happiness. We need to remember in this busy world to gives ourselves a break and find what makes us happy.