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Is Happiness Actually Possible?

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Posted in Highlands Blog under Faith, Personal Growth

Unhappy disheveled man with coffee, raining outside the window.

Where are you? Everyone is somewhere. Not location necessarily, but location can matter.
So where would you say that you are?

“I’m here” sounds despondent but still coping.

“I don’t know” is honest but sort of the same as, “I’m here” with perhaps a desire to be found.

“Not where I should be” is also honest, very honest. But why are you there and are you willing to do something about it?

Wait. Maybe that isn’t fair. I shouldn’t assume that you haven’t already tried to change your situation and/or yourself.

Everyone Wants to Be Happy

Let’s start over. I do not know where you are but I do know where you want to be. You want to be happy.

Everyone wants to be happy and everyone knows that everyone wants to be happy.

The politicians know that and make promises.

The televangelists are aware of this and they make promises too.

Billions are spent every day in advertisements promising that a particular product will make you feel good or become young and virile or wealthy or attractive or popular or….

Can someone promise you happiness?

Can happiness be bought?

Yes and Yes.

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
Incline your ear, and come to Me.
Hear, and your soul shall live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—

Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

Jesus promises an abundant life that translates into what anyone who is willing to follow Him would readily agree, is happiness defined. Jesus gave up His own life—“for the joy that was set before Him”—to secure this and therefore guarantee this.

So, where are you in all of this?

Why Does Happiness Seem Impossible?

An early church father known as Augustine of Hippo once stated, “Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.”

Wow. So true. Scary true.

I am sure that you have seen this in the lives of people around you. But is it true of you as well?

Maybe you have tried to live as Christ calls us to but are doing it wrong. Right motive hampered by wrong practice or wrong understanding.

If so, we are here to help.

Send us your questions, complaints, objections, and confusions in the comments below or by contacting us directly.

Tell us what is going on with you and we will do all that we can to help.

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