Sunday, November 9, 2008

Pursuit of Happiness

I have heard people say that Christian life is boring because it has a lot of "Don'ts" and "No's". Christians don't go partying, clubbing, dancing all night long. They are not fun to socialize with because they don't drink, neither do they engage in sleazy (no green jokes) talk. These weird people don't have a life.

Contrary to what others say, I believe Christians are among the happiest people in the world. They have simple needs, simple wants and appreciate the simple things in life. They have more fulfillment and pleasure because they are looking towards God and not on material things.

Before doing something, a Christian will ask himself, "Will this make God happy?" "Will this build me up spiritually?" "Everything is lawful, but not everything is beneficial. Everything is lawful, but not everything build others up." (1 Cor. 10:23). The world is filled with things that can give man pleasure but we must be able to discern what is "good", not only for us, but for our brother. Man is sometimes concerned about 'immediate' pleasures without thinking about its end-results. Thus, we see married people engaged in adulterous activities because they're more concerned about satisfying their carnal wants and the selfish pursuit of their own happiness disregarding the teachings of the bible about marital fidelity. We see broken relationships because one's commitment has taken a back seat to worldly values. Will these bring lasting happiness? I don't think so for God does not condone sinful acts.

Are you in pursuit of happiness? Follow what David, the psalmist said, "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful".

Happiness is the Lord

Happiness is to know the Savior

Living a life within His favor
Having a change in my behavior

Happiness is the Lord.

Real joy is mine

No matter if teardrops start

I've found the secret

It's Jesus in my heart.

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