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Finding Happiness 31 августа, 2009

Posted by Alyosha Kolodiy in Библейские уроки-Bible lessons, Трибуна братства - The brotherhood tribune, Today's Devotional.

 by Katrinka Bootsman

«Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man’s behalf!» (Psalm 67:5)

The «real world» is all around us — and the «real world» is full of THINGS. Stores are filled with things that we are led to believe that we need. Advertising fills our minds with the idea that the more things we have, the happier we will be. I can remember a time when I thought that if I could have a new watch, then I would be happy. I got it and I was happy! But after a while it was just not enough. I really needed the new sport shoes I saw in the market. If I could have those, then I would be completely happy. I got them and I was happy! But after a while it was just not enough. There was the new television that would be all I needed to make me happy. I got it and I was happy! But after a while it was just not enough. I needed a bigger one with more speakers on it to make me happy! And on and on it goes in «the real world» around us. But the truth is that things cannot make us happy. No matter how many things we accumulate, we cannot accumulate happiness with them. Things cannot give our lives fulfillment and happiness, but RELATIONSHIPS can. Our God created the world and all that is in it, but that was not enough to give us the best life. In His love, God gave us the gift of Jesus, the only One who can truly make us happy! «This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.» (I John 4:9-10) Without this amazing gift, you and I could never rise to the heights of life that God wants for me. Things can never take the place of the RELATIONSHIP I can have with my Creator because of His amazing gift to me — Jesus Christ. A right relationship with God and our fellow man is what is important for true happiness. There is a line from a popular song that is very true: «People who need people are the luckiest people in the world!» «Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.» (John 4:11-12) There are times when the fog in our minds clears and we see the true picture of what makes our life happy. There was a man who had his heart set on a new car. He worked hard for it, often leaving his family alone so he could work longer hours to pay for it. Finally the day came when he bought it. Happy? Oh yes, he thought his joy was complete! About a month later, his wife and children died in a house fire. When he had left for work that morning in his new car, he had been relieved to get away from the noise in the house and out to the smooth ride of his new car. Coming home that night to nothing but ashes and silence, it all became very clear to him. His wife and children were gone forever and the car meant nothing anymore. The blessing of having a good RELATIONSHIP with God and man is all-important for happiness. The truth is that THINGS can never fill our empty hearts. LOVE can!


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