The Pursuit of Happiness

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The Pursuit of Happiness

You’ll have to admit that sometimes you’re happy, and sometimes you’re not. One thing you should know about yourself is your state of happiness is dependent upon your interpretation of circumstances that intersect your life. Which means based on circumstances , your “happiness meter” will register some degree of happiness or unhappiness according to the way you judge things should be going. In many respects this thinking is a snare, trapping you in a fleeting world of happenstances and selfish judgments. This often leads to emotional an response where you might even question if God truly values you more than sparrows (Matthew 10.31).

But there is another way of living that does not depend on this fleeting quest for happiness: it’s the way of rejoicing. In fact, believers are to give thanks “in all circumstances” (1Thess 5.18), and likewise to give thanks “for all things” (Ephesians 5.20). Since God is sovereign over all circumstances, there must be something radically different about the rejoicing process that prompts you to give thanks “in” and “for” all circumstances. Could it be related to trusting God?

When you begin to embrace circumstances as part of God’s plan for your sanctification (or the sanctification of a family member), you will receive contentment in the midst of the circumstance to trust God’s purpose. Paul said it so well: “for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” (Philippians 4.11). Happiness is fleeting because it depends on things outside of yourself, but true joy is not fleeting since it is based on “Christ in you”, your eternal source of joy!

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