I’ve been unhappy for days. While I’m not gung-ho or happy-go-lucky, I have an equilibrium that has developed over years. When my parents died, God stood between me and my grief. I could sense him lurking about. His presence has a way of calming me.

As I studied the Bible, I found daily devotionals formulaic, so I ventured off on my own and began to read cover-to-cover, over and over. I began to have conversations with God. I would talk to him about stuff going on in my world, based on the insights I gleaned from his word. I would later discover, that what I was doing was called prayer. God’s word did two things for me. It enhanced my intellect and created a deep reservoir of internal peace. I began looking forward to spending time with God. No matter what I was going through, if I could make it to that space where his word was, I would find comfort or a solution.

When I’m unhappy, I ask myself why. Maybe I’m working too hard with little appreciation or result. Maybe I’m lonely or horny. Maybe I’m spending too much time on social media. Maybe I’m frustrated by Nigeria or worrying about my health.

Many times, the reason is simple. I have slipped into the habit of taking God for granted. I have stopped reading my Bible and talking to God. I no longer stop in the middle of my day to ask him what he’s up to. I am no longer filling my reservoir of peace.

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