Arabella Boutique has this cute inspirational tee with only one word on it, but that one word encompasses a magnitude of deep meaning. The sole word on this soft, comfy shirt is “Happy.”
According to Webster’s Online Dictionary, the definition of happiness is “enjoying or characterized by well-being and contentment.” Well-being and contentment. If we stop and think about those two words for a couple minutes, our heart rate may just slow and we may start taking some deep breaths. But then, our thoughts may turn to the opposite of those things: rat race, a frenetic pace, and the world pressing in.
Oh how we love to be busy! We complain (brag?) about how many things we can accomplish in one day, how many activities our kids participate in, how little sleep we get, and how many hours we work. The more we can fit into our schedules, the more successful we feel or we think people see us. It is the American way.
But what if instead of measuring our success by our schedule, we measured it by our level of happiness? Sure, we all know some super busy, always-seemingly-happy people. But by and large, we often sacrifice our happiness to attain things we think are important, or we get stuck in a rut of overcommitment and cannot figure out how to get off the crazy train.
How often do we pause to consider whether the things we are doing are bringing us to a greater place of contentment and well-being or whether they are sucking the life right out of us and leaving us unhappy in the process?
There is a perfect verse nestled in the middle of the Bible in the book of Psalms. It contains only eight words that, when strung together, form an impactful statement with the answer to our questions about how to achieve peace and contentment and ultimately be happy: “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
This is the message we need to hear today.
We can rest in Him and find peace and happiness – even if we have a hundred things to do. In our stillness, we can assess our lives to see if we are mindlessly striving, and we can be intentional about finding well-being and contentment there at the feet of God.
At Arabella, we recognize the conflict of doing what everyone else is doing in their busyness and striving for something different. We celebrate all your successes, AND we recognize your need to be still and refresh. Take some time over the next few days and make yourself sit for a period of time or go for a slow walk in the beauty of the outdoors. “Be still and know that I am God.” Soak in His presence, and you will find well-being and contentment. You will find your “happy.” Then take a deep breath and order your favorite outfit from Arabella!
 https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/happy, Accessed April 30, 2018.
Heather Schmidt and Jodie Schmidt.