In leadership circles, there is what is known as the hierarchy effect. It is basically this: the higher up you go in an organization, the happier you will be. When organizational life is studied, those at the top levels are usually the happiest. You may think that makes sense but here’s the thought I want to share: They say the higher you go, the happier you are; I think that really the opposite is true. I think the happier you are, the higher you will go.
We know that happiness is an inside job. Happiness is something we need to determine each and every day, moment by moment, and that we don’t need to allow the circumstances in life to rob us of the joy of the Lord. That’s what we have as Christ-followers – this incredible relationship with the living Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He gives us joy – a joy beyond the certain circumstances or situations we may find ourselves in.
So think about this: the happier you are, the farther you will go in life. I really believe that half of the battle is having a positive, faith-filled outlook concerning your life, and how you see yourself in Christ and in the world.
Here are two important questions for you to consider:
- How do you see yourself when you view your own life?
- Where do you see yourself headed? What’s your goal? What’s your future and vision for your life?
Hopefully, you have set your sights high on what you can do and what you can achieve.
Don’t give me the phrase “I’m too old.” I was doing some research a couple of weeks ago and I was stunned to realize that most people that have impacted the world did so in their 70s and 80s. Go figure! There are people who get elected to one of the most powerful positions – Presidents – and they are normally in their 70s. Moses was 80 when God called him to go back to Egypt to deliver the Hebrews from the Egyptians.
So those of you in your 20s, wow! You’ve got 50-60 awesome years ahead of you! You have to dream big. Believe big and know that God can do big things in you and through you. Nothing you are facing in your life right now, no circumstances you may be confronted with, is bigger than God. Never compare yourself to the circumstances of life, but rather compare the circumstances of life to how big God is. That’s what David did when he was a teenager and that’s how he was able to defeat the giant. So, set your sights high on who you are in Christ and what you want to accomplish, and take action.
Ponder for a moment that if the higher you go, the happier you are, then we should be the happiest people in the world. I was on Periscope earlier. I had never gone through to look and see what kind of people are on there, but this time I did. To me, it looked like there were a lot of unhappy people.
As Christ followers, we should be the happiest because we’re the highest! How high are you? The Bible says in Eph 1:20-21 “we are seated with Christ in heavenly places.” Wow! You are seated at the highest seat in the universe – with Christ! We should be the happiest people no matter the current circumstances, but that doesn’t mean we deny the current situation or the news we receive. I received some extremely challenging news this past week, but I know God is in control and He is sovereign. Our hope, faith, and trust are in Him. And with Christ, we are unstoppable.
So get higher by getting happier! I hope you have an awesome rest of the day.