“For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”(Romans 14:17)
Last night I grilled burges and had country music videos on. I noticed in the background of one of the video’s, there was a dog that was chasing his tail. It reminded me of the first time I saw that as a child. The dog went around and around never really catching his tail, yet he still kept trying. I thought to myself that dog is crazy.
Like that dog, some people are effectively chasing their tails in life. They are chasing after happiness. But the best way to not be happy is by trying to be happy.
Our purpose in life as Christians is to know God and bring Him glory. If you will do that with your life, if you will get up every morning and say to yourself, “I want to know God, and I want to bring Him glory,” then you will find the real happiness that has eluded you. You will find the satisfaction you have always wanted by having your priorities in order.
Anything short of this ultimately will disappoint, because true and lasting happiness never will be found in the things this world tells us to look for.
The Bible offers something better than happiness, and that is joy. Happiness largely depends on good things happening. When things are going reasonably well, we are happy. If things aren’t going so well, we are not happy. But we can have joy despite our circumstances.
The problem with happiness is that it’s generally derived from accomplishments, accumulation, and, to some degree, through escape. The trouble with that is we won’t always be able to accomplish something or escape somewhere. And the things we have accumulated will go out of style, break, get lost, or may be stolen.
If we live for happiness, we’ll never find it. We’ll be like that dog, constantly chasing his tail.
Heavenly Father, Thank You for sending Your only Son, Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. Thank You for the promise that one day, You will wipe the tears from my eyes and there will be no more death, sorrow or crying. Thank You that I can have peace through Jesus, no matter what trial or difficulties I am experiencing. Please forgive me for the times when I have surrendered my peace to a situation or problem and help me to live for You every day. I rejoice in knowing the future that lies ahead of me is so much better than the past that is behind me. Thank you for the promise that there is a better way to live than continually going around in circles like a dog chases his tail. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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