Are You A Happy Person?
Are you a happy person? It’s not a silly question. Truthfully, the way that you answer that question says a lot about you. Here lately, the Lord has been revealing to me that happiness cannot be determined by what happens to you but by who you are. In other words, if you have to look at external things to find the answer to whether or not you are happy, then you most likely are not.
One of the things that started me down the path of questioning the fundamental nature of my happiness was a sermon I heard by Tim Keller. In his sermon entitled, The Search For Happiness, Keller teaches through Psalm 1 and how it describes the perfectly content and happy person. What is striking about this Psalm is how it turns everything that the world assumes about true happiness on its head. In one section of the sermon Keller states:
Happiness can never be found directly… happiness is always and only a by-product of seeking something else more than happiness… if you seek righteousness more than happiness, you’ll get both. If you seek happiness more than righteousness, you’ll get neither… the person who is happy is the one who has stopped trying to be so happy.
If you have ever stopped to wonder whether or not you are truly happy (and that should include most of us), then I highly urge you to listen to Keller’s sermon. You can find it here.