There’s this thing about observing yourself; I don’t mean in a conceited, self-obsessed way. I’m talking about paying conscious attention to the life you’re living and being brave enough to question yourself as you go along.

There’s one question I feel takes real courage to ask and answer honestly. It’s just three words.

Am I happy?

Hold up. This is not about thrill-seeking or hunting for an emotional high every day. By ‘happy’, I mean is there a sense of contentment, fulfillment and joy, not necessarily because you’re exactly where you want to be, but you’re confidently on your way there?

I’m talking about that deep reassurance and satisfaction that comes with knowing you are on the right path, heading in the right direction. Do you have that?

Your emotions are a God-given feedback mechanism. I know, I know, we’ve been taught to ‘walk by faith and not by sight’ so it’s tempting to ignore, suppress or outrightly deny how we feel about the events occurring in our lives. But here’s what I’ve found. As we fellowship more with God through prayer, a regular word diet and meditation, everything about our being starts to align with God’s view, and yes, that includes our emotions.

So are you happy? True, we have those occasional days we just want to get away from as quickly as possible. This is different.  Looking at the general direction of your life, do you have that deep-seated confidence that your days are being expended on life’s more important matters? If you’re not sure, this may be a good time to pause and reconsider. God’s burdens are easy, His yoke is light. If you’re feeling burdened, gagged, caged, heavy, or just plain uncomfortable, like there’s an internal struggle going on, don’t shrug it off. Your life is giving you feedback.

Listen and learn.

Live by Design.



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