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Happiness Cannot be Bought

 By Kendra Clarke

“Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it” (Psalm 37:4-5).

For many, the focus has been placed too heavily on relationships, finding love, obtaining wealth by any means necessary etc., when chasing after these things doesn’t guarantee true happiness in the end. Ecclesiastes 2:11 says, “But as I looked at everything I had worked to accomplish, it was all so meaningless – like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere”. We see all too often, what happens when people get to the mountain-top. Even with all the accomplishments, applause and all the money in the world as their reward, they still aren’t happy or at peace. They come to realize that money can only buy material things which may improve their quality of life, but it cannot buy them happiness, peace of mind, love and a happy life. To obtain the peace of God, he tells us,

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

On paper, we think that celebrities, have to be some of the most blessed people on the planet. They have fame and fortune, they flaunt their nice cars and expensive homes, and they have people waiting on them hand and foot. With all the things that money can buy at their disposal, there is still a loneliness and an emptiness where they seek to drawn out their sorrows with drugs and alcohol and all forms of self-gratification. It’s a cry for help, as they seek to escape from their reality. However, after the high wears off, they are right back at square one and the cycle repeats itself. Those that make it out of this cycle without losing their lives, are those that come to realize in the end, that true happiness cannot not be bought or found in wealth, riches or fame. For when the money dries up, what is left?Happiness it is not in how many fake friends they have riding their coat-tails when they are at the top of their game, for when the spotlight dims, these fair-weather friends will vanish. Happiness can not be found in a dime bag or in a bottle, nor can it be snorted, smoked, ingested or injected.

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).

True happiness is coming to know the person you are in Christ and loving that person even when there is no spotlight and fame. It is being comfortable in your own skin knowing that God created you for a greater purpose and that He loves you and will be there for you, even when you are down to your very last dime. It is knowing that God loved you enough to fight for you even though you didn’t earn it. It’s being thankful for your life and the grace and mercy He extends so freely. It is accepting, by faith, your true inheritance which awaits you in Heaven. It’s knowing despite your flaws, imperfections and your short-comings, that Jesus loves you and proved it on the cross. In the end, we may turn our backs on God, but He promises to never leave us.

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

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