I run into a lot of people who long simply to be “happy.” Satisfied. Content.
And they devise all kinds of ways of reaching their goal: new relationships, new possessions, new appearance, new location.
But you know what happens, right? Those efforts inevitably fail to reach the goal of happiness. Or if people attain happiness, it is short-lived.
Which is why I point people towards Jesus’ simple words of Matthew 6:33:
Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
In other words, happiness is never a goal, it’s a result. It’s a result of seeking after God.
When you pursue happiness, it will slip through your fingers, increasingly elusive through the years.
When you pursue godliness, happiness gets thrown in as a blessed consequence.
What are you running after today?