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For years Iíve said that God isnít as concerned with our happiness as He is our character.  Though Iím not prepared to take that truism back, I do want to revisit it and think it through a little more.  Certainly it wouldnít be correct to say that God is more concerned with our happiness than our character, but neither is it correct to say that He isnít concerned about our happiness either.  Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived wrote, ďAnd I have seen that nothing is better than that man should be happy in his activities, for that is his lot. For who will bring him to see what will occur after him?Ē Eccles. 3:22 (NASB) 
So while Iím not willing to take back my previous statement, I donít want to give the impression that happiness is a frivolous, unimportant thing in life.  If given the choice between happiness and unhappiness, wouldnít you rather be happy?
I donít know if you can hear the whistling in your ears as you read this, but as Iím writing it, I can hear the tune of ďDonít Worry, Be HappyĒ echo through my mind and see big yellow smiley-faced circles everywhere.  The kind of happiness Iím thinking of doesnít have anything in common with these trite symbolsĖit is much deeper than a contrived state of mind.
Happiness is...well, I donít really have to complete that sentence, do I?  You know what happiness is.  Youíve either experienced it, the opposite of it, or both.  You know what happiness is as well as I do.  And given the alternative, perhaps youíd agree with me that it is preferred to unhappiness, but do you agree with me that God cares about our happiness?
Yes, God is more concerned with our character than our happiness, but really, the only way we will ever find real happiness is to be a person of strong character.  God is concerned with both, and without the latter, we will never experience the former.
Character counts.  Especially when it comes to your own happiness.

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