Happiness is a Choice
by Diana Scothorn
I have learned living a life of total freedom is a process. Social media often portrays people with the perfect family, the perfect children, the perfect life! It appears everyone is blissfully happy! That, of course, is not reality! Looks are an outward appearance; happiness is an inward choice!
There are so many things that will try to hold us captive that God never intended. God never intended us to live tied up in knots. Friends on every corner, on every level, are experiencing intense tribulation! Sickness, death, unwed pregnancies, marital issues, addictions, and frustration with overwhelming problems at hand in their day-to-day routine are everywhere.
There is one thing I know to be the truth…
God wants us to be free, but freedom is a Choice! God tells us in His Word that Jesus died so we could live and have an abundant life! I lived for years in desperation, fear, loneliness, and lack, so I feel qualified to say that you CAN DO THIS!!! You can live a life of happiness! You do not have to be miserable! You can choose to be happy! Happiness is a CHOICE!
A while back, I talked with a client after a very long and stressful week; I was exhausted. I had every opposition you could imagine. It was the end of the day, after hours, and someone wanted to talk with me. Honesty, I did not want to talk to anyone. I wanted to go home; I had a pressing week and was exhausted! However, I have learned love presses through.
I took the call, and on the other end of the phone was a young married woman 38 years old that had been taking care of her father-in-law for the last six years. He was in bad health, double amputee, insulin-dependent diabetic, emphysema c.o.p.d, stroke, and on a feeding tube. He was 6’2 and weighed 125 lbs.
My heart was moved with compassion and an overwhelming sense of conviction for thinking I had a stressful week. I said to the young woman, what a blessing you are! She said, “I am the one who is blessed”!
She went on to tell me that when the doctor informed her father-in-law, he would need both legs amputated from the knee down, his reply was, well, then, Go ahead and do this thing! Everything I Need To Do, I Can Do In A Sitting position! My heart was pierced!
He made a CHOICE that he would not be defeated! She said he has a great attitude and an absolute joy to be around!! I have found myself on so many occasions ALLOWING CIRCUMSTANCES to DICTATE my JOY!!!
When I hung up the phone, I was inspired, moved, and humbled!
That is why we are here on earth! To encourage, inspire and let others know that they can not only make it through hard times, but they can also choose to be happy!
I have learned when I feel like everything is going wrong that it’s nothing more than a spiritual battle.
Three simple steps have helped me to choose happiness…
- I thank God out loud daily for all the things I am grateful He has already done. (1Thessalonians 5:18 In all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus).
- I remember times God saved me when I felt I had no way out. (Psalms 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.)
- Remind myself the battle is already won. (2 Chronicles 20:15 stayed, This is what the LORD says to you: `Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours!)
The good news is Jesus has already won the war. I hear my husband say quite often when we are worn down and exhausted, baby, we may be in a battle, but we are winning! Our struggles are inevitable, but our Happiness is a CHOICE!
Diana Scothorn has a heart for helping women succeed, with a focus on a strong, spiritual, mental, and physical core. Diana’s background in the health and fitness world began with one of the most iconic names in fitness, Richard Simons. Overseeing ladies’ health clubs for 10 plus years allowed Diana to step into a passion for marketplace ministry even before ministering the gospel in business was widely accepted.
She’s been married to her prince charming, Stewart, going on 12 years, and they enjoy spending time with their 4 kids and 8 grandchildren. Both are ordained ministers of the Gospel, serve on the board of several well-known ministries, and are also co-owners of, The Benefit Link, Inc., a market place ministry business, which has been number one in the field for over 25 years and is licensed in all 50 States, serving senior citizens in need of compassion, prayer, and guidance when facing the challenges of the Medicare maze.
Diana’s been featured in Society Magazine’s Successful Business Women of the Year for 2018, 2019, and 2020. As an international speaker, Diana has traveled abroad for over 10 years, along with her husband, to help support missions throughout Europe and South America, focusing on funding the Kingdom and advancing the gospel.