What is the secret to a happy life?

The Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 6:6, Said that “godliness with contentment is great gain”. Besides, “we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.

This verse puts everything we have discussed in this chapter into the right perspective. It also shows that we do not really ‘own’ anything. One day we will leave this world permanently, and when we do, we can’t take anything with us.

 We work hard all our life for material possessions, then one day we leave it all to someone else at our death- or maybe before that.

Ecclesiastes 5:15 “As he came from his mother’s womb, he shall go again. Naked as he came and shall take with him nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand.” 

The idea of bringing nothing into the world was self-evident for the apostle Paul in giving his instruction to his young protege Timothy. The apostle implies that we fail to find true contentment, (which is intense happiness) because we get on the treadmill of clinging to those things that rot away or break. the cycle continues throughout our lives when we strive to get more of the same. Theologian Jack Wellman pointed out that Paul had a secret about contentedness, found in 1 Timothy 6:2-10 we discover what that secret is …

These are the things you are to teach and insist on. If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions, and constant friction between people of corrupt minds, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. But godliness with contentment is a significant gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that—those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap. Many foolish and harmful desires plunge people into ruin and destruction. The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (NIV)

And…..Philippians 4:11 (NIV) 

  ……I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, to be content in addition to that.  Not that I speak as regards privation, for as to me I have known in those circumstances 

 Striving to obtain contentment and not material things is that great secret that is worth aiming for. There is a deep discontentedness that lies in the heart of every human being. The vacuum of discontent can only be filled by God’s Spirit.

When welcoming the Holy Spirit of God, we become ONE (unity) with God. We are regenerated into a new creation in Christ (2 Cor 5:17). This phenomenon is called- born again or born anew (John 3). We move from being dead in our sins, to being alive through Christ (Eph; 2:1-2). Trusting in God is not a strange thing to do. Instead of trusting in those things that will eventually fall away, trust in the solid rock of the Great Shepherd and you shall not want!!💕

Paula Rose has a Bachelor of Pastoral Counselling and Theology, Vision Christian University, USA Master of Arts In Counselling & Professional Development, specializing in Spiritual Abuse through The University of Derby, UK.

She Studies the BACP Life Coaching Course, Bristol, UK and is a life member of (ISFP) The International Society of Female Professionals.

Paula Rose Parish is a Pastor, Author, and founder, of Hope. Faith. Love, and Your Wellness Matters. She studied at the University of Derby and received a Master of Arts in Counselling in Professional Development. Over the years, Paula Rose has served as a pastor, chaplain, counsellor, and coach and taught at a Christian university. In addition, she has led workshops and retreats and spoken worldwide on Christian spirituality.

Author of over 200 articles and two published books, Paula Rose, continues to write on the wellness of mind, body and spirit. Paula Rose is adding a string to her bow and is presently reading Health and Wellness. She has four grown children, five grandchildren and lives in South Wales, UK.

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