In John Eldredge’s book, “Walking with God”, he makes a good point. He says that “happiness” is a moral obligation because other people have to live with us. If we are chronically unhappy, other people have to pay for it. No doubt people who are in pain are more self-centred as the pain makes them focus on themselves. But, is it fair to make other people live under my unhappiness? Selfless love says -no!
The good news is that unhappiness can help us identify that there is a problem. If we can use the unhappiness to turn to Jesus and ask, “What is going on here and where is this unhappiness coming from?” we can address the root issue and receive mental and emotional healing. So, in one way we can say thank you to the unhappiness because it can lead us to the source of the problem. When you choose, with your free will, to invite Jesus into the mental agreement, or the lie, or the wound that is at the root of the problem, and ask him to reveal His truth, He will set you free. His truth is how the mind is transformed. Address your unhappiness. Don’t let it just sit there and fester. Don’t ruminate on your unhappiness with pity parties. Ask Jesus to come and heal your soul so that you can be free. Honestly dealing with our emotional issues is the way to emotional health.
“Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
Example of a prayer. “Dear Jesus, I choose, with my free will, to invite you into this place in my mind where I feel this unhappiness. What is the source of my unhappiness and what is the truth you want me to know related to that unhappiness?”
Then pay attention. He will reveal the truth you are to receive through words, pictures or feelings. Then, embrace that truth and allow it to lead you to a new and better story.