How do I become happy? The bills keep mounting, my yard is embarrassing, college tuition for my kids, need to keep up with the Jones, need to change my oil, wondering if I can wait a little longer, coffee is not kicking in today, car is tailgating me too close, blood pressure going up, co-worker rude at work, anger arising, family problems I cannot understand, bouts of self pity, temper outburst and arguments, frequent indigestion and heartburn, self doubts… How do I become happy?
In the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), God tells us to remove evil from our minds to become spirited. These evils are greed, arrogance, miserliness, covetousness, and self love. These are thoughts that frequent our minds. But how do we remove these evils especially when we encounter inconveniences and sufferings mentioned above? It appears that these inconvenient incidents exacerbate our evil thoughts, and make us more despondent.
In the Book of Prophecy is the following:
When you calm your mind step by step and ponder,
it will change into clear water (pure mind). 2-26
God is telling us to acknowledge our bad thoughts; and not take action on these thoughts when these inconveniences occur in our daily lives. He is also telling us that it will take time and effort to eliminate these evil thoughts. For some, it may take many inconveniences in their lives to eliminate these thoughts. In reality, these inconveniences or sufferings may be God’s guidance or aide in helping us remove evil thoughts from our minds. But we often miss our chances of improving our minds by not realizing God’s messages through these inconveniences. More often we tend to kill the messenger, instead of self-reflection; and this action will continue the cycle of producing more evil thoughts.
It is not through drugs or alcohol that we become happy. It is not through power or material wealth that we become happy. History has proved that happiness often does not come through religion or faith. In the Book of Prophecy, God tells us by removing greed, arrogance, miserliness, covetousness, and self love from our mind, we will be spirited. He also tells us that it may be a protracted and difficult task. Are you willing to take this difficult path to true happiness?