I am seriously confused and I feel kind of dumb for having to ask
Ok so on a previous post here someone posted:
" MY CHILD, the more you depart from yourself, the more you will be able to enter into Me. As the giving up of exterior things brings interior peace, so the forsaking of self unites you to God. I will have you learn perfect surrender to My will, without contradiction or complaint. "
No Bible book/chapter/verse was given, so I don’t know where it came from. Anyway, it sounds right. So does:
But I’m having a problem. I can’t remember where, but on a site like the one above, it said to grow closer to God we have to turn our joys into woes because we can’t be happy unless we are with God, because only God offers true happiness. I agree that the only true happiness can be found through God. I also agree we should be more like God. But what I can’t wrap my head around is ‘turning my joys to woes’. What’s wrong with being happy on earth? I love God and I want to be more like Him but I can’t make myself hate the people in my life, or hate my life itself for that matter. Is it wrong for me to be happy?
Is it possible to love God and be happy on earth? What should I do? I feel stupid but I can’t figure out how I should look at this. How can anyone make concrete decisions ‘yes I should be happy’ ‘no I should not be happy’ about their life when some parts of the Bible can be interpreted in different ways? No, I’m not becoming an atheist, I’m just really confused.
Thanks for any help, I need it