Why is it that people think pursuing happiness is the ultimate goal of their lives? Why do people persist in believing that nothing is more important than their own happiness? Why don’t people understand that true happiness cannot be achieved apart from God.
Would you like an example? Have you ever bought something you really wanted? You know the desire of wanting that thing you’ve been looking at for a long time. It’s a car. A computer. A television. A boat. A designer purse. A house. You finally get the means to obtain this item. You feel a rush, as the transaction is completed. You think, “Now at last I can be satisfied!” Five minutes later, you feel unfulfilled. Why? Because your goal was in obtaining it, not in keeping it. How much money do rich people need to be happy? Just a little bit more.
Happiness is a horrible goal. If you do what you think will make you happy, you have become a selfish, self-absorbed excuse for a human being. You exist only to fulfill your own desires. You take and take, and give to others only grudgingly. Instead, God has a plan for your life, where you give up your desires to Him, and He makes you truly happy.