Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happiness Is Elusive

 




 
 
By Greg Laurie
 
 
Maybe you're one of those people who just lives to be happy.  Lots of people appear to be doing this today.  If you ask them what they are living for, they will say, "Happiness."  But, if you ask them what happiness is, they're not able to readily define it.

 
What is happiness?  I don't know---but I'm looking for it.  British novelist William Boyd says, "We all want to be happy, and we're all going to die... You might say these are the only two unchallengeably true facts that apply to every human being on the planet."

 
Happiness is an elusive thing.  I'm not even sure what it is.  Is it an emotion?  a feeling?  a sense of well-being?  Maybe it's one of those qualities that people can't define but everyone recognizes readily when they encounter it.

 
Philosopher Eric Hoffer wrote: "The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness."

 
...We find what we are looking for, not by seeking it, but by seeking God.  We don't find life and happiness by seeking those things.  We find life and happiness by seeking God, not our inner selves.

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