We are living in a difficult time. Now more than ever, we are desperately seeking peace, love, friendship, appreciation, contentment, success and most important HAPPINESS. After all, who doesn’t want to live a happy life? The problem is, the places we search for happiness time and again will not lead us to real happiness. We have the wrong conception that “if only we had what that person has, or if only we lived in a different country, or if only we had more money or a different job” we would be happy. We tend to forget about the legitimate source of happiness, instead we concentrate on temporary streams of it.
We desire bigger houses, new relationships… and with every new acquisition, new “items” will be added to the list. We are never satisfied with what we have. We buy stuff that we can’t afford to impress others, to feel valued and to have the false sense of happiness. Steve Furtick says that “the reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel”, the same can be said about comparing our happiness to everyone else’s happiness.
We want a friend, a boyfriend/girlfriend, a husband/wife as if they are responsible for making us happy. Yes, a meaningful relationship/friendship can contribute to our happiness, but we have to remember that they are not responsible for making us happy and vice versa.
We sell ourselves short in relationships and professionally because we are too afraid of passing the opportunity that is staring us in the face. After all, we don’t know if another opportunity will become aavailable. So we settle, convincing ourselves that this might be the only chance we will have to achieve our dreams.
In the midst of trying to find happiness, we need to remind ourselves that there is only one source of true happiness, and that is God. In the book The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer, he says: “The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One. Many ordinary treasures may be denied him, or if he is allowed to have them, the enjoyment of them will be so tempered that they will never be necessary to his happiness. Or if he must see them go, one after one, he will scarcely feel a sense of loss, for having the Source of all things he has in One all satisfaction, all pleasure, all delight. Whatever he may lose he has actually lost nothing, for he now has it all in One, and he has it purely, legitimately and forever.”
I hope that in your journey to finding happiness you discover that God is the only source of satisfaction, pleasure, and joy.
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