“If you want a happy life and good days, keep your tongue from speaking evil, and keep your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Work hard at living in peace with others. For the eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil. (Psalm 34: 12 -16)
There you have it! The ingredients needed for a happy life and good days put simply in Psalm 34. Notice that the ingredients start and end with you. Keep your tongue from speaking evil. Keep your lips form telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Work hard at living in peace with others. If it comes off as a lot of work, it’s not.
Happy starts at home. Not your current house or the one you grew up in, your home of flesh. You cannot control others and you can’t control every circumstance, but you can control you. So don’t exchange your happy for crappy. OK, that’s corny, but I like it.
In life people and circumstances will tempt you to exchange your happiness for anger, bitterness, sadness, and all the other stuff you do not want, but don’t take the bait. Learn to recognize the thief (John 10:10) when he shows up to steal your joy and employ the instructions provided in Psalm 34. Turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39), overlook the offense (Proverbs 19:11), pay them back with a blessing (1st Peter 3:9), whatever is necessary—do it, but don’t exchange your happy for crappy.