by Eddie Snipes

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Series: The Promise of a Sound Mind
Eddie Snipes

Life is more than chasing after feelings. Our emotional health and feelings of happiness are by-products of a healthy lifestyle and attitude. A life built upon a dependence on any emotion is destined for frustration and heartache.

This series is a tool which is intended to guide you toward establishing the foundation of your life on solid ground, and from this firm foundation, healthy emotions can flourish. If you approach life from the perspective of trying to fill the void within by pursuing happiness, decision making will be flawed, and your reactions will lack good rationale. You will be tempted to leave behind what is healthy in order to pursue what you think will create happiness.

Happiness is a temporary feeling. If it is the focus of life, joy will be absent. Joy comes by focusing on the things which have lasting value, but the pursuit of happiness focuses on what is only for the moment. Pleasures and things may make us happy for a moment, but when the moment has passed, the object of our focus is lost. We'll then try to fill the void of emptiness by again searching for the first thing we think will make us happy. Or we'll lash out at anyone who threatens our fragile happiness.

Consider the wise words of Proverbs 16:3, "Commit your works to the LORD and your thoughts will be established." To be established is the beginning of true joy. Joy is the satisfaction of knowing something good is before us that we know will satisfy. It can be both a distant hope and a present assurance. The joy of the Lord is our strength; therefore, to be established on His secure foundation directly affects how we view and approach life.

A house is no stronger than its foundation. A home built on a failing foundation will break down quickly. The home owner must constantly be vigilant to make repairs in order to keep the house from falling into decay, or if the foundation is bad ...

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