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Happiness is Elusive

Happiness is Elusive, isn’t it?  How often have you thought, “If only I could find someone to truly love me, then I’d be happy.  If only I had that car, then I’d be satisfied.  If only I wasn’t under so much financial stress,  If only I could find another job…”  The “if onlys” are endless aren’t they?    Our culture has developed its own “conventional wisdom”.   By conventional wisdom I mean the current thinking of our culture on how to live, deal with others, and view the world itself. Most people navigate their way through life by this conventional wisdom. By it they know how to behave and they know their place in society.  They would say, “happy are the successful, the powerful, the rich, the famous, the aggressive, the self-reliant, the self-confident, the glamorous.”

Sometimes, I relate people chasing after happiness to eating cotton candy!  You put cotton candy into your mouth and for an instance there is sweet satisfaction, but it just disappears in your mouth doesn’t it?  (*It may re-appear on your hips, but it disintegrates in your mouth.)  It also doesn’t have any real nutritional value.  Many people are always searching for that “happiness” that is just out of their grasp.  They grab onto something thinking it will be what truly satisfies them only to discover that it doesn’t give any real lasting value.

Jesus taught a whole new way of life, a whole new way of thinking.  Jesus taught if you really want to be “happy” or “blessed”, it is sometimes quite the opposite of “conventional wisdom”.   What Jesus teaches seems like a “paradox”.  It seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses truth.  In Luke 5, He teaches his disciples saying:  20 …   “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.  21Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.    Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.  22Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.  23″Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.

When was the last time you really lived like your life was a paradox?  When was the last time, we did something that might have seemed odd or “out of sorts” with the rest of the world.  Do we cave into peer pressure or do we march to the beat of a different drummer?  Who leads that procession in your life?  Jesus taught us to live differently by thinking differently.  You’re thinking affects your behavior.  Here’s the secret!  Renew your mind!     1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Roman 12:1,2) Memorize it! It’s a great verse!  Find that “happiness” and “blessing” that Jesus teaches about.


February 9, 2010 Posted by | Robin | | 1 Comment