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Lead Sheet: Might As Well Be Happy

Song History

Might As Well Be Happy

Words & Music: Dennis Jernigan
Received on June 30, 2011
Key FM Include melody, lyrics, guitar/piano chords

This song came as one of those spur-of-the-moment happenings. Feeling happy has not always come easily for me. Because of lies I had believed about my identity and about my worth and about my purpose in life, I have battled depression off and on through my life…and I am so glad to say that I am honestly happy. Why? Because I have learned that life is not easy but life can be enjoyed regardless of my pain, sorrow, suffering, circumstances, or what others think of me. My point of view changed. I now live my life trying to see every aspect of my life from God’s point of view. From my vantage point I often only see the bad, but God (being a very good God) only wants my best and has the ability to take even the harshest turns of life and make something beautiful of them. My hope is not in what I can do or in what people think of me. My hope is not in money or in success or fame. My hope comes from knowing my Creator wastes nothing of my life if I simply turn to Him with whatever I am facing. His point of view is much more hopeful than mine. This song came as I simply thought about how much joy I have in my life. When joy is the foundation, happiness is the result. My joy is in knowing God. Whether you believe like I do or not, allow the joyful attitude of this song to brighten your day. The ukulele seemed the most obvious and happy instrument for the song. The whistle is all me. I purposely wanted to sound like a little boy whistling in response to the joy set before him as he explores his way to his favorite fishing hole. Life is a journey we are meant to enjoy – regardless of our circumstances. My greatest joy of all? I am never alone. He is with me!


Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,

Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,

Yet I will exult in the LORD,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
The Lord GOD is my strength,

And He has made my feet like hinds' feet,

And makes me walk on my high places.
Habakkuk 3:17-19 NASB

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