The happiest believers
are the most clueless-they-know-what’s-best, the most content with themselves, others, circumstances, the least leaning on their own understanding, the most Jesus-dependent/humble – asking and thanking about everything, the most curious and expectant about what Jesus does NEXT in them, others, circumstances, and are the most self-enjoying and others-enjoying, and thereby the most fruitful with pre-believers because they have the most-contagious Jesus within. They live and love with reckless abandon.
The unhappiest believers
are confident-they-know-best, and therefore try to persuade others to agree with them, in theology, politics, whatever. They only enjoy those who think like them. The unhappiest believers are risk-averse and failure-averse. And suffering-averse. Some realize they are unhappy, but most live in denial of how unhappy they really are, and would be shocked to discover the extent of their discontent with Jesus and His imputed worthiness, and the circumstances He’s created for them. They want to be better, do better, live better. They suppress self-contempt.
–ShepherdDave, unfruitful with pre-believers, trying to find happiness in all the wrong places, needing fresh conviction of the sin of independence, so he might momentarily be DumbSheepDave, enjoying the bliss of Jesus-dependency/humility, so the pre-believers around him might experience the other-worldly humility and other worldly love of Jesus
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