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  • Writer's pictureLisa Blair Fratzke

Happiness Begins

Updated: May 3, 2020

In case you haven’t noticed – the Jonas Brothers are back. James and I watched their documentary Chasing Happiness on Amazon Prime and we are now hooked. We’ve listened to their new album and we rock out to their classics in the car. We can’t help it. Their music is catchy.

One of my new favorite songs is on their latest album. It’s called "Rollercoaster." My favorite lines go like this:

It was fun when we were young and now we’re older.

Those days that were the worst, they seem to glow now.

We were up-and-down and barely made it over.

But, I’d go back and ride that rollercoaster with you.

I like this song for so many reasons. First off, it’s got one of those beats that takes you back in time. Second, these lyrics are profound and true. When we are living some of the most epic and memorable times of our lives, it can be difficult to realize it in the moment.

But, when we look back - those memories are golden. Oftentimes it has nothing to do with the circumstances and everything to do with the people we are experiencing it with.

For the longest time in my early 20s, I felt depressed and alone. I had every reason circumstantially to be happy – a good job and a good life. And yet, there was something missing.

I was not close to God and I was not connected in community. I had a moment on my bedroom floor when I complained to God about this very thing, and I felt this still quiet voice whisper: “why don’t you try letting people in?”

I started seeking community at church and a relationship with God supported by a family of friends that I never thought was possible.

It wasn’t until I discovered the joy of community that I was able to enjoy the ups and downs of the life I was given. Absolutely nothing changed in my life circumstances other than I had others in my life to share it with.

There were still ups and downs – but like the Jonas Brothers song, days that seemed like the worst began to glow. Those days also set me on the path to who I am today.

And, I’d go back and ride that rollercoaster any day.


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