You’re only as happy as your saddest child

I was listening to Brian Houston at Hillsong Church on Australian Christian Channel TV one Sunday morning when I heard him say this sentence. It got my attention. He went on to introduce his son who preached for awhile and then handed back to his father. But I missed much of what was said as I’d gone into my own train of thought.

Back to Brian Houston’s comment. “You’re only as happy as your saddest child”. What an interesting comment that is – he’d heard someone else say it and shared it with his audience. Makes you stop and think, doesn’t it?

How happy are your children? And is there anything you can do to improve their state of mind? Whilst our kids are young we have a lot of input in their lives but as they grow older and the external influences increase, our own influence on their lives changes considerably. This can be quite scary – especially if you haven’t put the foundations in, whilst they were young.

We are taught through the bible the importance of instructing our children. We are also told how it will be if our children imitate us, should we not be doing the right thing. “Abijam… was as great a sinner as his father was” (1 Kings 15:1, 3 The Living Bible)

Perhaps whilst the children are still young we need to concentrate more on helping them develop a happy outlook on life which should set a pattern for them as they grow older. Learning to choose to be happy even when surrounding circumstances are out of our control.

Which leaves me to ask you a simple question. How happy are you?

© Kathie M. Thomas,


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