“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2
In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson tells us that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights: “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” One thing’s for sure, Americans have been pursuing happiness ever since…and with a passion!
However, I have bad news. If the pursuit of happiness is your primary goal, you’ll never find it. Happiness is a by-product of being in God’s will, and making the most of your gifts and talents. The pursuit of happiness is a selfish thing, and selfishness never leads to happiness.
* Get to know God personally and begin to do His will.
* Live in a right relationship with Him and your fellow man.
Develop the gifts and abilities He’s given you for His glory and for service to those you meet. In the process, you may discover happiness. But pursuing happiness, well, you’ll never find it that way. Pursue God in Christ, and happiness results.
Happy Fourth of July!