"If you know these things happy are you if you do them."
Its no secret that the driving force in life is the search for happiness. Our nation was founded on the "pursuit of happiness". Countess books and articles have been written on the "secret to true happiness". I often hear single people say that they hope to find someone that will "make them happy". If this holy grail of happiness is so desired by so many why does it remain so elusive? With all that we have indulged ourselves in today that is supposed to make us happy, why does happiness seem to be at an all time low in the land? I am convinced from scripture that much as the country song that crooned about "looking for love in all the wrong places", people are searching for happiness in the wrong places. Our culture has pumped it into our heads and hearts that happiness is found in self indulgence. Get more. Be more. Do more. The entire message of the day seems to be "place yourself at the center of the universe and you will find what you are looking for". No wonder pollsters tell us that Americans are increasingly miserable. Nothing could be further from the truth. For starters should we not look to our Creator for the secrets to how this life works? He wrote a book about life. In this book are the keys to living it well. In John 13 we find the simple secret to true heart happiness. Jesus, who is God in a human body, humbles himself and washes the dirty feet of his friends. Nothing religious here, He saw their need and met it. Its called serving people. After He had been seated again He revealed a great truth. "I have given you an example, go do for people what I did for you". Then He adds these words, "if you know these things, happy are you if you do them". There it is. God Almighty revealing the road to great happiness in life. He stands the cultural message on its head. Completely upside down. Happiness doesn't come from getting something, its comes from giving something. Makes no sense whatsoever. Who cares? It works. Want to up your "happiness level"? Get your mind off you and go serve somebody. "Have this mind in you that was in Christ, who came to serve mankind". "How much do I have to serve to be happy", you may ask. I would answer, "how happy do you want to be"? Our Creator has handed you the key to what your heart desires. Now, its up to you to get started. I promise you that the opportunities to serve people are abundant and right in front of you!
Father, deliver me from the self centeredness that sucks the life out of me. Make me like your Son who came "not to be served, but to serve".