My dog’s life is pretty simple. She just wants to be fed and loved…and of course, I’m sure having a warm friendly home to live in helps. Her dog’s life is not very complicated; she just wants to be happy.
We’re not much different. We too simply want to be happy. We could talk about the need for relationships, careers, and homes; but all of it is still about happiness. And like my dog, we want to be fed, loved, and have a warm friendly home to live in. Not complicated, right?
Well, you’re right; it’s not that complicated…but…self is a problem. It has other agendas. Jesus dealt with self and happiness this way, “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39) This is where the battle over our happiness begins; it’s with our self-rule–our need to dictate how we’re fed, how we’re loved, and how we will be promoted.
Only when self-promotion dies, is when real life can begin; that’s when God can introduce us to real happiness. You see…a real walk under God is not the finding of self-satisfaction; it’s the discovery of meaning, especially our meaning in Christ. It’s understanding that my life is part of something much grander than myself.
In an age where there is so much teaching about self-discovery, let Jesus introduce you to meaning, and then you will find happiness.