The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness

My job duties sometimes require me to wake up late at night to address errors in a computer process.  Afterward, I return to bed with one overriding thought, “I must fall asleep soon if I’m going to be rested for tomorrow.”  This urgent desire for sleep ensures that I’ll be awake for the next several hours.

The same can be said of the pursuit of happiness.  Before I followed Jesus, when I made decisions I rarely considered anything beyond my own pleasure.  “What would make me the happiest?” was the primary gauge for my decision-making process.  The ironic thing is - I wasn’t happy at all.  I lived with a constant feeling of vague dissatisfaction.  I tried to ignore it by seeking pleasures that I hoped would quell the gnawing discontentment.

True happiness came to me only when my primary decision-making gauge turned from, “What would make me the happiest?” to, “What would most please Jesus?”  In loving God and seeking to please Him, I found the very thing I had been pursuing so relentlessly (and fruitlessly) for years.  God truly does work in mysterious ways.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. - Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)

I am so grateful for my salvation, and I pray that many others will be able to experience the joy of God’s saving love as I have.  The next time I find myself trying to sleep in the dead of night, instead of trying to pursue sleep I will pray for each person I know who needs salvation.  Even if I do not get to sleep, the time will be very well spent.