The Pursuit of Happiness and the Joy of the Lord
I went to church at Covenant yesterday morning as usual. I love it there, the atmosphere is so relaxed and free, and the people are so enthusiastic to be praising God.
Yesterday the speaker talked about Joy. He showed this incredible video of a the joy of a little girl. http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=7PPGLWNX
He talked about how important happiness is to us. He pointed out that everything we do, is rooted in our desire to be happy. Every decision we make is influenced by what makes us happy. Happiness is such a big deal to us as Americans that we consider it a human right. As our Declaration of Independence says:
“…endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
As he continued to talk about our joy, and God who is the source of our joy, i sat and began to realize that i have things backwards. I have been looking for joy in all the wrong places.
Music, good grades, movies, friends; they are all good things, and often help make us happy, but they are not the source of true joy. God alone is the source of joy.
“The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.”