Sitting at Koorong waiting for my parents to decide on a present didn't turn out to be totally boring and unproductive at all. If I hadn't had the half an hour just sitting there reading this book (God Girl by Hayley DiMarco) that I coincidentally picked up, I would not have stumbled upon some really wise words and a reminder that definitely left it's mark..
"God changes lives. There is no question. If he hasn't changed yours, it's only because you haven't let him.
No one can please God without faith (Hebrew 11:6). Can you agree that all of God's Word is good and the best choice for your life? If you cannot, then you are destined to lose out on true happiness. Disagreeing with God's commands can bring instant satisfaction, but over time the result of disagreeing with him and his call on your life will be emotional and spiritual and maybe even physical distress.
Any thought that disagrees with God is a lie, because God only speaks the truth.
"He is a rock. What he does is perfect. All his ways are fair. He is a faithful God, who does no wrong. He is honourable and reliable." - Deutoronomy 32:4
When you lie to yourself, you sin. And sin leads you away from true happiness. Worry calls God a liar and leads to emotional and physical trauma. Fear rejects God's truth and leads to depression, paranoia, failure and much more. Stress says God won't do what God says he will do. But you can't know that if you don't know God's Word. So in order to agree with him, you have to hear him out. You want more peace, more hope? Then you've gotta get into God's Word and find out what's he is thinking.
Every time you disagree with God and his Word, you hurt yourself and your relationship with God. If you want true happiness, the kind that never leaves, then you must agree with God on every point and refuse to be moved. And God will give you the happiness that you crave.
Happiness comes quickly when you turn your eyes away from your own needs and back to your God.
Hope produces true happiness because hope believes anything is possible. Hope doesn't despair; it doesn't doubt; it believes. Trust God with your life and trust His word, and you will have more happiness than you know what to do with."