The pursuit of happiness can have us meandering down all manner of paths. Relationships, possessions, achievements to addictions – each one providing momentary pleasure but never quite enough to end our quest.
Everyone wants happiness, and there are many conflicting views about just want it means to be happy. Here a few definitions:
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. – Charles Spurgeon
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. – Mahatma Gandhi
True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Happiness depends upon ourselves. – Aristotle
Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. – Thomas Jefferson
Happiness is dependent on self-discipline. We are the biggest obstacles to our own happiness. It is much easier to do battle with society and with others than to fight our own nature. – Dennis Prager
A mathematical formula for happiness: Reality divided by Expectations.There were two ways to be happy:improve your reality or lower your expectations. ? Jodi Picoult,
The Place of Happiness
Is happiness an illusion? Is it really our mission here on earth?
Or have we been called to something more? How do we find contentment and joy in who we are and what we have?
What does Christian happiness look like?
All questions I ponder on this morning, as I quietly reflect on Psalm 119:35, Make we walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found. (NLT)
Anyone who has been around these parts know I’m what I like to refer as directionally challenged, which has caused me inevitability end up lost, frantic, and frustrated far too many times. I set out with the intent of going some place but while in route got off course. I thought I knew the way. I thought I understood the direction. BUT I ended up lost. I had to seek counsel to help me get back going in the right direction.
Is that not how we end up when looking for happiness? We think we know what will satisfy us. Only to find ourselves way off course from the paths of God’s commands.