“For what shall it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and lose his soul?” – Mark 8:36
What brings you happiness? Was a question asked by a speaker at a seminar once. Responding, someone said it was having the money to live the life of his dreams that brought him happiness; another said getting married to a beautiful model is what makes him happy. Yet another said it was sex, someone else said it was his dog; his car; wearing beautiful clothes; living in a large house…and so on.
What about you? What makes you happy? Think about it for a moment. You see like everyone else, I desire to have a better life. To live in a wonderful neighbourhood, drive a nice car, look good, to not have to worry about money and so on. But I don’t believe that having all of those will make me truly happy. I don’t have believe that I have to be surrounded with luxuries to experience true bliss in life. Because in my life I have experienced true happiness even when I lacked many of the things others thought they needed to have before they can live a happy life.
Again, I have seen people who were supposed to possess the things which make people happy. They had what all most of us are seeking so badly – money. They lived in palatial homes and were surrounded with luxuries, and beautiful women, yet, the moment misfortune came, what they called “happiness” fled along with the things they had.
These are people who felt that having arrived, and achieved what most people are struggling so hard to get; their solid investments, and large bank accounts, that nothing could ever shake them. But, almost in the twinkling of an eye, their foundations slipped from under them, their reputations vanished, and their “happiness” had disappeared with their reputations.
Folks, “real happiness is not a fluttering, fly-away unreality. It is not superficial. It does not live in things. It does not depend upon money. It inheres in character, in personality. It consists in facing life the right way, and no one who faces it the wrong way, no matter how much money he may have, can ever be happy.”
The trouble with many of us today, is that, we put too much emphasis upon the wrong things. We think happiness comes from doing something grand, from amassing a big fortune, or from some great achievement, when, in fact, it can be derived from the some of the simplest, and the most unpretentious things in the world, like; little kindnesses, pleasant words; small courtesies and encouragements we show others; unselfish service, work that we enjoy; friendships, love, and affection from our families and others around us.