by Greg Laurie
The Greeks called the island of Cyprus the happy isle. They believed that because of its geographical location, perfect climate and fertile soil, anyone who lived on Cyprus had it made in the shade. They had a word for the kind of happiness experienced there: makarios, which means self-contained happiness. They believed that everything you needed to be happy was right there on the island.
Now, we can’t all move to Cyprus, but I do think it is still possible for us to experience makarios. True happiness is independent of our circumstances; it is self-contained. Regardless of what is happening internally or externally, I believe it is possible to be a truly happy person, a genuinely blessed person.