Why are so many people unhappy?
Why do so many people say they hate their jobs?
Why do others break off relationships, some of which have lasted a lifetime?
And why do others become slaves to alcohol and drugs?
At the bottom of their reasons is a desire to be happy.
Everybody wants to be happy. No matter who you are, where you are, or what you do.
I believe God wired us for happiness. This is not something we have invented. It’s part of our DNA as God’s image bearers.
But, as we all know, sin has marred everything, including this longing for happiness. Now we look for it in all the wrong places, especially in other people, only to be disappointed in the long run.
Real happiness comes from knowing and enjoying Christ. Everything else is Hollywood. You have a choice – it’s a question of lavish feasting with him or settling for scraps the world offers.
We are born craving approval, acceptance and love and resisting the one Person who can give it to us. What fools we are. It can be ours in Christ. We don’t have to earn it, grovel for it, or hope for it. It’s ours the moment we believe.
We are wired for intimacy and we have it in Christ, as a gift. God has placed us in Christ’s kingdom and we have been drawn into the fellowship not only our Savior, but God the Father and the Holy Spirit. What can be more amazing than that? As C. S. Lewis said, it’s time to drop those mud pies in the gutter and take that holiday by the sea.
What are you doing about being happy today? Looking at your career, your marriage, your retirement, your shattered dreams, your own heart? Don’t waste your time. Look to Christ and you’ll find it there.
Talk to me.