If we want to have a truly good and happy life, one that is not simply a result of some worldly props that can only go so far, then we should be focused on God, and driven and excited in carrying out his will and in following his ways.
And the simple reason is because, to be blunt about it, God is already the supreme good for all of us. There could be no other good better than him to whom we should be attracted more or who should arouse in us a greater attraction.
God is everything to us. More than that, he loves us so much that he created us to be like him. It’s with him that we can have our eternal joy in heaven, and while here on earth we can always count on his help, guidance and powerful, wise and merciful providence.
Obviously, we need to process this basic truth properly and thoroughly, since it is a truth of faith that certainly involves a lot of mysteries that we have to learn to live with. Once we get convinced of this truth, then it follows that God should be the constant and strongest cause of our desire and attraction. His presence and interventions in our life should be intimately felt by us. Pursuing or being with him should give us the greatest joy.
We have to be wary of our tendency to get entangled and trapped in some worldly and temporal goals as our main focus in life. These goals, for sure, also have their objective value. But we need to understand that these worldly goals cannot stand on their own. They have to be grounded on God, on his will, on his abiding providence over us. Otherwise, they can only pose as a danger to us.
This truth was articulated quite clearly by Christ, when he said, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (Mt 12,30) We really need to know and love Christ, the fullness of the revelation of God to us. He should not only be known by us. He has to be loved too, so that we can truly enter into his life and be identified with him, which is what is proper to us.
We need to examine ourselves to see if we are exerting the necessary effort to know and love Christ. That is why we need to spend time meditating on the life, word, and example of Christ to such an extent that Christ becomes alive in us and is the one who motivates us in our thoughts, words, and deeds.
All throughout the day, we should have the sensation that we are doing things with Christ and for Christ, praising him, thanking him, asking him for some favors, and asking for forgiveness for whatever mistake, failure or sin we commit.
We should begin and end the day with him, convinced that that is the proper way to spend our day, and our whole life, in fact. That way, whatever the drama of our day is, we can manage to be happy and at peace.
Yes, there will always be things that still need to be done, improved or corrected, but as long as are with Christ, we know that everything will be all taken care of.*