In this world of difficulty and doubt, of struggles and hardships, of compromises and second choices, of injustice and affliction, each person comes to a crossroads in life. There are two roads with signposts on each that say, “Way to Happiness.”
On the one hand is the road championed by the world, which promises much and delivers little. This road is taken by the vast array of people who are tricked into believing the billboards along the way. Those inducements, even in your own internal dialogue, for taking this road can be compelling because of all their glitzy promises. Instead of happiness, though, this road can lead to depression, anxiety, and addition.
There is another choice, another road. However, this road can appear less attractive when compared with the first. Because of this, it is a road less traveled. This is the road of faith, which uses a cross for a talisman. It does not say, “Take this road to avoid your pain.” It says, “Take this road because of your pain.” The one road promises you’ll be in control. The other says you must give it up. The one appears all about pleasure. The other appears all about sacrifice. In the heat of the moment, it can be hard to make the right choice.
In other words, you’ve come to a fork in the road — two paths promising to lead you to your desired destination. However, the one you choose may not be the most popular, but it may lead you to true happiness.
Taking the road less traveled will make all the difference. The world’s road eventually leads to a literal end. God’s road leads to eternity. Because it can be so difficult to choose the road less traveled, here are just a few things to remember as you stand at the crossroads each day:
- Happiness is not a response to life that comes from the inside of a person, not from outside circumstances.
- Happiness is a gift from God, based upon His goodness and mercy apart from circumstances.
- Depression isn’t something you live with; it’s something you get help for.
- Worry and anxiety are a learned response to life that can be acknowledged, understood, and overcome.
- Addictions both mask and amplify the pain; they never heal it.
- What you tell yourself becomes who you are, so be careful what you say.
- Relationships are meant to support you, not drag you down.
- Taking care of your body helps you take care of your heart, soul, and mind.
- Stop trying to control your own life, and start trusting in God to get you where you need to go.
- An attitude of optimism is a choice.
- Each day presents you with a new opportunity to be happy.
- Sometimes the clearest lesson you receive today is confirmation of where you don’t want to go tomorrow.
- Don’t wait on others to hand you happiness; take hold of it yourself.
- Don’t let anything get in the way of what you need. Ask, expect, and act.
As you embrace a new way of thinking, living, and responding, may you recognize that there is hope. Optimism can lead you down the path to happiness and joy, and it can overpower the strongholds of depression and anxiety.
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