Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Pursuit Of Happiness!

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Phil. 1:21) 

When money is our objective, we must live in fear of losing it, which makes us paranoid and suspicious. 

When fame is our aim, we become competitive lest others upstage us, which makes us envious. 

When power and influence drive us, we become self-serving and strong-willed, which makes us arrogant. 

And when possessions become our god, we become materialistic, thinking enough is never enough, which makes us greedy. 

All these pursuits fly in the face of contentment . . . and joy. 

Only Christ can satisfy, whether we have or don't have, whether we are known or unknown, whether we live or die. . . . The pursuit of happiness is the cultivation of a Christ-centered, Christ-controlled life. 

Laugh Again 

Happiness can almost be found anywhere. Right? 

Our U.S Declaration of Independence highlights this fact in the following phrase: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. So many people from all around the world come to the United States in pursuit of finding the "happiness" that supposedly can be found here that they may not be able to find where they come from. 

The pursuit of happiness will vary from person to person as each person has their own individual agenda. Will Smith's pursuit of happiness found its way to major financial consulting firm. What was the motivation of his pursuit of happiness? His son. He needed to get out of a potentially homeless situation and set up something that will greatly benefit his son in the long run. Anyone who has watched this movie will eventually learn that this movie was based on a true story. 

 In the above example, the pursuit of happiness was both emotional and materialistic. Suppose that our pursuit of happiness is built upon the intangible aspects of our lives. There is absolutely nothing wrong with pursuing materialistic and emotional success for our lives. Where it often goes wrong is that we don't give priority to pursuing the true and real source of all happiness. . . . God. It is from (and with) God in which we can (and will) experience true happiness. 

My dear friends, in whom or what do you find happiness in? Is your happiness found in the material and emotional happiness like the Will Smith movie implies? Is it only found in the people that God has placed around you? Is it only found in the natural surroundings of where you live? Last, but not least, is it found in God and God alone? Questions worth thinking and asking yourself about. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).