For many years I lived for self-gratification, not realizing that I was focusing on the wrong objective. God did not create me for my pleasure; He created everything for His pleasure. However, since I am made in His image, through following Jesus I have discovered the joy of living by delighting myself in Him. In that way I can live happily, regardless of what is happening around me. Adversity, instead of being something that hinders me from being cheerful, forms the kind of environment necessary for me to experience the deepest and most blessed kind of fellowship with the Lord.
By living in continual awareness of His presence and focusing on the Kingdom of Light, I can face every moment with the assurance that He is working in, through and around me to accomplish His intended purpose. Nothing in this world can give me more happiness than knowing that I can be an instrument for Him.