Laying a Foundation
Happiness is a massively popular subject these days. Just type the word “happiness” into the search bar of Amazon and you’ll find over 93,000 titles reflecting the topic in some form or fashion. Why this apparent obsession with happiness? Perhaps it’s because, despite living in a prosperous nation and having the freedom to “pursue happiness” envisioned by our founding fathers, for many Americans the “inalienable right” of personal happiness remains elusive.
A popular Christian response to this “happiness mania” is that, while happiness is emotion-based and fleeting, for believers choosing joy seems a more Biblical option. And this would be a fine resolution too, if less-than-joyful Christians were uncommon in our modern culture. But it’s quite apparent that we as Christians also struggle to live the kind of joyful lives we claim to believe in. [Continue reading]