Danielle on Success and Happiness
I define success using God's Word the Bible. It isn't the amount of money I make or the job that I have. In fact, those things are very unimportant to me. I use Psalms 1:1-3 to define true success:

Happy is the man that has not walked in the counsel of the wicked ones, And in the way of sinners has not stood, And in the seat of ridiculers has not sat.

But his delight is in the law of Jehovah, And in his law he reads in an undertone day and night.

And he will certainly become like a tree planted by streams of water, that gives its own fruit in its season
And the foliage of which does not wither,

And everything he does will succeed.

I know that I cannot be happy because of material things alone. There is no pill that will make me happy, nor can money buy happiness. I believe that happiness can be found in Jehovah God. I believe that I can be happy no matter where I live, what I look like, how much money I have, or how other people are treating me. Jesus tells us how to be happy at Matthew 5:3:

Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need, since the kingdom of the heavens belongs to them.
I know that true success and happiness takes a lot of work. As King David brought out, a successful person does not associate with or listen to ridiculers and wicked ones. A successful person surrounds herself with other successful people. And success and happiness can only be found in Jehovah God. A successful person realizes her limitations, and therefore reads and studies the instructions God has loving provided us in the Bible. A happy person knows jehovah God and is comfortable with Him as a friend. A happy person realizes how much she needs Jehovah and works to build and maintain a relationship with Him. Spirituality, a relationship with God and respecting and obeying His laws; these are the things that bring true happiness.
Happy is the people whose God is Jehovah.
Psalm 144:15
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