Finding True Happiness

Finding true happiness. Keys to victorious faith author Sandra HerseyEvery day, as we seek happiness, the world seduces us with it’s abundance of “things” and people we can possess. And the world gives us plenty of reasons why we should have them. It could be a new car, new shoes or even a new spouse.

But if our happiness depends on our possessions, then we are destined to spend our lives chasing after an illusion.

There is a story of a thirsty poet who was walking in the woods one night when he came upon a well with a bucket and an attached rope. He looked into the well and the vision that met his eyes made his heart stop momentarily. Although a man accustomed to waxing lyrical about almost anything, he found no words to describe the beauty of the tranquil, perfectly round object, shimmering with ivory light at the bottom of the well.

Determined that such a dazzling thing should be his, he lowered the bucket into the well and tried to “catch” the object. The instant the bucket touched the water, the thing of beauty began to waver and distort. The poet brought up several buckets full of water, but the object remained at the bottom of the well. After the ripples had settled, it seemed to mock him with its serenity and inertia.

Undeterred, the poet labored the entire night until finally, he had emptied the well. He looked down and was shocked to see that the vision of beauty was no longer there! Worn out and distraught, he fell on his back, bemoaning his “loss”. At that moment, he saw the fading moon in the sky, making way for the morning sun, and finally understood his folly.

Like the poet in the story, many of us spend our lives attempting to possess the objects of our desires. We try vainly to “scoop up the moon”, not realizing that it’s merely a reflection we see. We assume falsely that what we want is right there in the water. We think that we can bring it up to us, and when we do, we will be happy.

Eventually, we look around and realize that we had wasted our time and energy on artificial and inconstant things. We had squandered the water that would have relieved our thirst. We look up and realize that the actual moon was in the sky all along. It’s beauty was something that anyone could savor without effort or price, but that no one could own or control, no matter how hard one tried.

Trying to find happiness in possessing people or things will ultimately bring us heartache, frustration and regret. It is in realizing that although we cannot possess the moon, we can still behold its beauty, that we find lasting fulfillment and mental tranquility.

“To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” {Ecclesiastes 2:26}

“But happy are those . . . whose hope is in the LORD their God.” {PSALM 146:5}

Do you sincerely want to be a happy Christian? Then set your mind and your heart upon God’s love and His grace, not on things or people.

Happiness depends less upon our circumstances than upon our thoughts. When we turn our thoughts to God, to His gifts, and to His glorious creation, we experience the joy that God intends for His children. But, when we focus on the negative aspects of life, or what we must possess, we suffer needlessly.

Father in Jesus Name I choose to be thankful for all the blessings You have given me. I choose to be a happy Christian, Father, as I share Your joy with friends, family, and the world. Amen!

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2 thoughts on “Finding True Happiness

  1. Tishia Lee March 4, 2009 at 3:35 AM

    This really hit home. I’ve always been in the mindset that I can’t be happy until I drive a new car, until I have a husband, until I pay off all my debt, until I have money in the bank, until I’m not struggling financially to provide for my son and I, etc etc.

    But it isn’t about all those things. Yes a new car (not new but reliable is a better word) would be nice, having a ‘nest’ egg in the bank would be great, having a husband would be wonderful and has been my dream for years now, etc but I need to focus on all that I am blessed with and learn to be content with everything I have right now. God takes care of my needs and that’s all that matters.


  2. Donna J. Shepherd March 3, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.


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