Read Ecclesiastes 2
So much of our pursuit of happiness depends on steps we’ve yet to take, goals we’ve yet to reach and places we’ve yet to go. So much of our pursuit of happiness depends on future things. But how often have we seen people leave this world earlier than expected? How often have we witnessed a person die before ever reaching their full potential? Although all evidence points toward the fleeting nature of this world, we stubbornly commit to finding security in this world and true happiness from that security.
If someone were to come to you and tell you that they’ve found the secret to true happiness, what would you do? You would ask that person, “What is it? What is the secret?” And what if that person responded by saying, “The secret of happiness is simply to submit your life to a greater authority than yourself that can lead you in the way of true happiness. A life of complete submission and sacrifice of yourself for others, and a complete restructuring of your heart for His.” Would you continue the conversation? Would you ask more questions?
The truth is, while happiness will always elude us while we pursue the things of this world, it is obtainable at this very moment in Jesus Christ. The happiness you feel in having a large savings in the bank account you can have forever, knowing that in Jesus Christ we have been promised security and peace in the Kingdom of God. The happiness you feel in buying something new you can have forever, knowing that our truest value is in understanding that you are known and loved by the Creator of everything you can see. The happiness you feel in getting yourself in peak physical fitness you can have now and forever, knowing that our eternal life with God will be in spiritual bodies more perfect than anything we can ever achieve in this life. Our unhappiness is not a problem that we are meant to or ever will solve. The problem of our unhappiness has been solved by Jesus Christ. Our job is to investigate the truth of His claims and once we’ve found it, to believe. Happiness is meant to be found now, not later. It is ours to take and ours to own. Will you take it? And if not, do you know why?