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Happiness? Just do what makes you Happy?

Good Afternoon Harvesters,

In our world today, we often confuse the right to pursue happiness with the way of Jesus.  We often think that he will make our lives all rainbows, unicorns and butterflies.  Nope.

We think well, God is good, being happy is good then God must want me to be happy and carefree. And if He doesn't provide it then I need to fill with things that WILL make ME happy.  Wrong again.

Our way, our natural way is that we want to be in control of our happiness and we often avoid tough, difficult or uncomfortable situations.  It is easy for us to want Jesus just make all things work out the way we want them.

But that is not true and not living in relationship with Him. It is not until we realize that all our attempts at happiness actually equals less happiness, that we can finally realize and see Jesus for who He really is and that HE is enough for our life.

Jesus never said, 'Go and do what makes you happy.' He did say that He is the way, the truth and the life. And that we can't truly know Him unless we believe in who He is and what He was sent to do.  That there are good things in this life but HE IS THE BEST THING.

On Theologian writes, "Jesus is rescuing you from thinking that you can live the life you were meant to live while relying on the inadequate resources of your wisdom, experience, righteousness, and strength."

That's not our way or the natural way. That is supernatural and that is who Jesus is. Supernaturally enough. 

Again if you you are wanting a resource on the subject of gratitude then download or pick-up a copy of a resource that has been made available through Family Life.  It is an ebook that includes:

  • Three weeks of twice-a-week hands-on activities.
  • Thoughtful articles and prayers to internalize.
  • A gratitude scavenger hunt.
  • Conversation starters.
  • A fall family bucket list.
  • Prompts to create a Thanksgiving advent paper chain together.
  • Thanksgiving BINGO.
  • Scripture art to post or frame around the house—and more.

Download the eBook HERE and take advantage of this resource and be intentional about spending time with your family this Thanksgiving season.

Looking forward to an great weekend!  See you Sunday!

Pastor Tim 
Lead Pastor 
Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene