The secret to true worship isn’t singing louder, praying longer or giving more money to your church. That’s all important, of course, but the real secret to worshiping God well is understanding that it all begins with being happy and grateful. When you’re happy and grateful, you look for opportunities to thank God and praise Him during each day of your life. This habit spills over into every other aspect of your life as well, which brings blessing and joy to the people around you. What would it be like to make this kind of worship a habit?
It is how we express our love for God
We know that worship is one of the key elements of being a spiritual person. It is how we express our love for God, how we show Him that we are thankful for all He has done, and how we tell Him that without Him we would be lost. We know this but what does it actually mean? What does it look like in our lives? Is there more to worship than just singing songs or praying before bedtime?
What is happiness?
It’s been said that the secret to true worship is happiness. Happiness is a natural byproduct of being grateful. When you’re thankful for what you have, it can lead to feeling contentment, which can lead in turn to joy. Gratitude is the key that unlocks the door of happiness.
The connection between happiness and gratitude
To truly worship God, we must be happy and grateful. Research has shown that happiness is contagious – so if you want a better world, start by being happy! Gratitude is also associated with increased happiness. Studies show that people who practice gratitude each day are more optimistic, have better relationships, are more successful at work, sleep better, exercise more often, experience less pain…and live longer!
How to be happy and grateful
- It’s okay to not be happy all the time. Feelings change, and they’re not a good judge of anything except that moment. 2. Gratitude is our natural state of being. We are born feeling gratitude for everything that we have in our lives, but we forget this as we grow up in a culture of comparison and entitlement. 3. Happiness does not depend on what happens outside of us, only how we react to it inside of us; the same is true for gratitude! 4. When you focus on what you’re grateful for instead of what you don’t have, your life changes from something that makes you unhappy into something that makes you happy!
It’s about being happy
It’s not about doing what you think is worshipful, it’s about being happy. When you do the things that make you feel fulfilled and content, those are acts of worship. You don’t have to go to church every Sunday or join a bible study or pray every night for your act of worship to count. Your worship doesn’t have to be grandiose, it just has to make you happy. The most important part of our faith isn’t that we do something for God, it’s that we know He does something for us. He loves us so much that he sent his only son so we can live in His presence forever. We don’t need more than Jesus Christ – because we already have everything when we have him.
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