Wednesday, February 27, 2008

God + "__________"

Does God alone make us happy?

Not many people would ever admit that they need God plus something to be happy. But the truth is that many people do.......
Being raised in a Christian home and in a community that is religious I probably said "I only need Jesus to make me happy" thousands of times. The truth of the matter is how I lived my life proved that I didn't really mean that. You see I was like so many other religious people in the fact I needed God + "_______" to make me happy. My blanks may have been something like: good grades, health, friends, money, husband, kids, house, job that pays well, car, or food, etc. Over the past few months I have really experienced TRUE happiness and TRUE peace. Its not of any material things that I have or even my family and friends. Its because I no longer rely on any person or thing for happiness. Sure I have people and things that make me happy.(I will not bore you and list them here.) Its just now that I'm saved I view those as "perks" and not necessities.


Tenille Rauls said...

Had a great time today!! We need to do that made my heart sing :) Here are a few blogs that I have been so touched by...Russ calls me a stalker..

Lexi opened Lauren's present and decided that since she was too "big" (in her words) Lauren would let her play with it!~

dean said...

i've found i had to learn to differentiate between "happiness" and "joy."

happiness is dependent on things that happen to us.. external forces that affect our mood.

joy comes simply from knowing who and what we are in Christ. we can have joy no matter the circumstances, but we're really happy only when we're influenced by positive events in our lives.

so technically, not only can a person have God + "_________" in order to be happy, but they can just have the "_________" without God and be happy too.

in james 1:2, the writer says to consider it pure joy when we face trials... nobody is happy about going through trials, but we can consider it cause for joy because trials help us develop perseverance which results in a more mature faith.

i believe you nailed there at the end... the things that make us happy are bonuses, not necessities.