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I just want to be happy

By Craig  Crosby Chaplain Amedisys Hospice scraigcrosby@gmail.com Refuge Church www.refugechurch.org

By Craig
Crosby
Chaplain Amedisys Hospice
scraigcrosby@gmail.com
Refuge Church
www.refugechurch.org

I hear so many people tell me this from time to time. “I just want to be happy.” Unfortunately, it usually accompanies them wanting to use this statement to justify their actions. The problem is that nowhere in scripture does God’s word tell us to seek happiness. In fact, one could strongly argue that true happiness is not about how you feel, but who you know.

God’s word tells us that we are to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Second to this we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. Jesus makes it clear that there are no commandments greater than these. (Mark 12:28-31)

Jesus said, “Seek first God’s kingdom and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33) Often we chase what we want because we think it will make us happy. Often we seek our will, but hope for peace, joy, and happiness that can only be found by seeking God’s will above all else.

Let me wrap this up by simply saying the following: Happiness cannot be found in this world or any set of circumstances. Nothing and no one in this world can give you lasting peace and feelings of fulfillment. Only Jesus offers the road to happiness and lasting hope. Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Please don’t listen to Sheryl Crow when she sings, “If it makes you happy it can’t be that bad.” Our hearts often lead us down dead-end roads. Therefore do as scripture tells us. Guard your heart and let Jesus lead your life.

 

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