Pursuit of Happiness

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by: Lynn Passet

01/13/2021

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As we are now fully engaged with another new year it always brings with it resolutions, goals, dreams and thoughts of what we would like to accomplish in the next 50 weeks of living here on earth.

One thing that nearly all of us think about is happiness and sometimes we'll do just about anything to find it! One person that was convinced that he knew how and where to find happiness was King Solomon. If anyone had the ways and the means to pursue happiness it was him because he had the wealth, the power and the resources to pursue it.

You name it and King Solomon had it! Whether it was wealth, fame, pleasure, power, lavish living -- and a reputation for wisdom -- anything he wanted was his in the blink of an eye. Yet, after gaining everything a human could possibly want, he concluded that his life was still very empty and really had little to no true meaning.

It's easy for us to be like King Solomon isn't it? We'd like to think that if had all the material possessions that we can afford and if we had the pleasures of life -- we would find true happiness in our lives.  Just like Solomon, we shouldn't be fooled.  Even with all of the "things" that this life has to offer, you and I were made to know and love God and that is where true happiness lies.

King Solomon would later come to realize this himself and he should have known sooner because his dad was David -- a man after God's own heart.  King Solomon vowed to live his life according to God's wisdom but he soon got caught up in the same things that we do today and forgot where true happiness comes from.

Don't get caught up in the things that this world has to offer you and instead, make Christ the foundation and the center of your life.  Starting today, make the changes that you know will benefit you and make you wiser than others who are chasing the pursuit of happiness!

I denied myself nothing....yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless. 

Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 NIV

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As we are now fully engaged with another new year it always brings with it resolutions, goals, dreams and thoughts of what we would like to accomplish in the next 50 weeks of living here on earth.

One thing that nearly all of us think about is happiness and sometimes we'll do just about anything to find it! One person that was convinced that he knew how and where to find happiness was King Solomon. If anyone had the ways and the means to pursue happiness it was him because he had the wealth, the power and the resources to pursue it.

You name it and King Solomon had it! Whether it was wealth, fame, pleasure, power, lavish living -- and a reputation for wisdom -- anything he wanted was his in the blink of an eye. Yet, after gaining everything a human could possibly want, he concluded that his life was still very empty and really had little to no true meaning.

It's easy for us to be like King Solomon isn't it? We'd like to think that if had all the material possessions that we can afford and if we had the pleasures of life -- we would find true happiness in our lives.  Just like Solomon, we shouldn't be fooled.  Even with all of the "things" that this life has to offer, you and I were made to know and love God and that is where true happiness lies.

King Solomon would later come to realize this himself and he should have known sooner because his dad was David -- a man after God's own heart.  King Solomon vowed to live his life according to God's wisdom but he soon got caught up in the same things that we do today and forgot where true happiness comes from.

Don't get caught up in the things that this world has to offer you and instead, make Christ the foundation and the center of your life.  Starting today, make the changes that you know will benefit you and make you wiser than others who are chasing the pursuit of happiness!

I denied myself nothing....yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless. 

Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 NIV

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