I found the reason I was trying to be “relevant” was not because I wanted people to accept God, but I wanted people to accept me.
While some of these things can be helped by a relationship, it is only a temporary fix that is likely to land you in further issue.
No one tells you to ‘hang in there’ when things are easy. God never promised we wouldn’t suffer; though He did promise that He’d always be with us…
I don’t always know how to be happy and I’d hazard a guess that I’m not the only one. Life experiences and disappointments have taught us not to expect anything good or for it to last very long.