i’m not on the pursuit of happiness. [but i’ll still blast your song in the car, Kid Cudi].
I am not on the pursuit of happiness simply because it is fleeting. I am aware that happiness exists and I feel this emotion quite often. It’s a great feeling. But it is fleeting.
You cannot tell me that when I lose a parent or a spouse that I will be happy. You cannot tell me that when I lose my job that I will be happy.
You cannot tell me that if I have a miscarriage that I will be happy.
I can’t pursue it. I refuse to.
Let me provide you with a minuscule statistic. The word happy is found (on my ESV bible app) in the Bible 8 times.
Out of how many words? A lot.
Let me point you to another word that I am fervently in pursuit of.
Which shows up 179 times + rejoice 156 times which = 335 times? I’ll have some of that, please!
Let’s take a gander, shall we?
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds…
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance…
You can have joy while you are suffering.
You can have joy while you are happy!
You can have joy while you are in a state of melancholy.
You can have joy while you are apathetic.
You can have joy while you are experiencing the loss of a loved one.
You can have joy while you eat the best macaroni and cheese you’ve ever had.
Joy can run concurrently with the emotions we have been gifted.
Joy is a contentment in fully trusting The Lord.
Whether you are in a season of suffering or happiness, you can have joy in knowing The Lord is good and sovereign.
I’m on the pursuit of God because He pursues me and woos me by offering me joy!