A different perspective on ‘God wants me happy.’


Six days ago, Victoria Osteen made some probably unscripted comments in church. The video clip that is going viral is only 39 seconds long, yet, it has prompted world-wide vilification.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I am a public speaker (among my other talents) and I would hate to be judged on a 39 second audio clip. We have no context for this clip. We do not know what was said before, and we do not know what was said after. Yet many people have decided to take issue with her comment that ‘God wants us happy.’

Now, I am in the same boat as everyone who was not present at that meeting, and I only have the video/audio clip…. So, I am surmising here… However, what is she meant something like this:

The first statement that comes out of her mouth is ‘When we obey God….’ She then goes on to say that God wants us happy. She says other things concerning happiness, but I don’t want to quote the whole 39 seconds. I will say that I don’t believe that God particularly cares if I am happy or not. He does care if I am obedient. The Bible says that if I am ‘willing and obedient, I will eat the good of the land.’ Isaiah 1:19. Obedience is better than sacrifice, 1 Samuel 15:22. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. John 14:21. If God and Jesus love me, and they manifest themselves to me, I guarantee I will be happy. Not just happy, but H.A.P.P.Y!!!!

So, what is this is what Victoria Osteen meant. What if she meant that if you are obedient, then you will eat the good of the land, that God and Jesus will love you, and you will have miracles happen in your life. It is not a hard jump to extrapolate that the beneficiary of such bounty would be happy. Because I know that obedience brings the blessings of God, I choose to be obedient. I know it makes Him happy, but it makes me happy. I avoid the consequences that come from disobedience. My parents taught me that there were consequences EVERY TIME I disobeyed them. I learned that lesson well. Consequences do not make me happy.

So in closing, let me clarify I do not agree with the statement that God wants me happy. God doesn’t care if I am happy. God cares if I am obedient. If I am obedient, I will be happy.

Until next time,

Dr. Polly

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About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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One Response to A different perspective on ‘God wants me happy.’

  1. Cindy S says:

    Well said!! Completely agree!!

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