A woman named Frances once knew a young person at church named Debbie.
Debbie always seemed effervescent and happy, although Frances knew she
had faced struggles in her life. Her long-awaited marriage had quickly
ended in divorce. She had struggled to get a grip on her single life.
She hadn't chosen it, but she decided she would live it with utmost
enjoyment and satisfaction.
Debbie was active in Sunday school, in the choir, as a leader of the
junior high girl's group and in the church renewal movement. Frances
enjoyed knowing Debbie. Debbie's whole face seemed to smile and she
always greeted Frances with a hug.
One day Frances asked Debbie, "How is it that you are always so happy
you have so much energy, and you never seem to get down?" With her eyes
smiling, Debbie said, "I know the secret!" "What secret is that?" "What
are you talking about?" Frances asked. Debbie replied, "I'll tell you
all about it, but you have to promise to share the 'secret' with others."
Frances agreed, "Okay, now what is it?"
The secret is this: I have learned there is little I can do in my life
that will make me truly happy. I must depend on God to make me happy and
meet my needs. When a need arises in my life, I have to trust God to
supply according to His riches. I have learned most of the time I don't
need half of what I think I do. HE has never let me down. Since I learned
that secret, I am happy.
Frances' first thought was, That's too simple! But upon reflecting over
her own life she recalled how she thought a bigger house would make her
happy-but it didn't! She thought a better-paying job would make her
happy-but it hadn't.
When did she realize her greatest happiness? Sitting on the floor with
her grandchildren, eating pizza and watching a movie, a simple gift
from God. Debbie knew the secret, Frances learned the secret, and now
you know it too! We can't depend on people to make us happy -- only GOD
in His wisdom can do that. Trust Him.