Happiness Is a Warm Puppy?
One thing that pretty much every person wants in life is happiness. And over the years, many people have weighed in on what happiness is and how to find it.
- Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz kept it pretty simple when he said, “Happiness is a warm puppy.”
- Albert Schweitzer said, “Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.”
- George Burns said, “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family . . . in another city!”
- Oscar Wilde said, “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
- Milton Berle said, “A man doesn’t know what true happiness is until he gets married. Then it’s too late.”
So what exactly is happiness, and where do you find it?
First, let me tell you where you won’t find it. It will not come from this world.
The fleeting happiness that this world offers comes and goes, depending on your circumstances. The happiness this world offers just will not do it. If things are going reasonably well, we are happy. If they are not, then we are unhappy.
You need to know that there are two sources of unhappiness in life. One is not getting what you want, and the other is getting it.
The fact is that money can buy us some things, but not the most important things.
Money can buy you a bed, but not a good night’s sleep. It can buy you books, but not brains. Money will get you a house, but not a home. It will purchase medicine, but not health. Money can bring you amusement, but not happiness.
And to quote St. Paul, St. John, St. George, and St. Ringo, money cant buy you love.
So how then can we be truly happy people?
Surveys by Gallup, the National Opinion Research Center, and the Pew Organization have concluded that spiritually committed people are twice as likely to describe themselves as “very happy” than the least religiously committed people.
So happy people are spiritual people. But let me take it one step further . . . truly happy people are godly people.
According to the Bible, if we seek to know God and discover His plan for our life, then we will find the happiness that has eluded us for so long. Not from seeking it, but from seeking Him!
The Bible says, “Happy are the people whose God is the Lord.”
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