We all want to be happy. It’s even in that all-famous, all-American quote on the basic rights of all people: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Why, then, for so many people does it remain nothing more than a pursuit? An empty chasing after the wind?
The word “happy” has the same roots as the word “happen.” And for most of us, our happiness is based on the happenings in our lives. Things go well: good report card, a raise, a vacation – and we’re happy. Things go wrong: job loss, air conditioner breaks down, fail a class – and we’re despondent.
But what if we refused to pursue our own happiness? What if, instead, we sought to make a difference in the life of another? What if we followed the commands of Jesus to feed the hungry, clothe the poor, and care for the sick and imprisoned?
Would we find, perhaps, that the things that “happen” in our lives don’t affect us as deeply because we’ve tapped into a source of Joy that supersedes all the happenings?
There’s really only one way to find out.