Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
— Psalm 37:4 (AMPC)
What would you say if I told you we have an obligation to be as happy as we can possibly be? I believe we glorify God the most when we are the happiest in Him. Look at Psalm 37:4 again: It says we are to delight ourselves in the Lord.
I have striven for many years to learn how to do just that. Because of the way I was raised, I had the idea it was wrong to enjoy myself, until I saw that Jesus said He came so we might have joy in our lives and have it in abundance (see John 10:10, 16:24, 17:13). He wants our joy to be full!
The belief that holiness and happiness are at odds with each other is tragic. Let me assure you that you can live a life that is holy and pleasing to God and thoroughly enjoy your life at the same time. Smile, laugh, be happy and enjoy each moment that God gives you while you serve Him with your whole heart.
Prayer of the Day: Dear Lord, help me to always delight myself in You and to find joy in the life You have given me, knowing that holiness and happiness are not at odds with each other. Thank You, amen.