Who do u think u r? – Joy
The Pursuit of Happiness:
We love life, case liberty and especially the pursuit of happiness. In fact we are a nation obsessed with happiness. I’m all for it except when it robs us of something better – joy. And it does. Here’s a quick description of the “pursuit of Happiness”, unhealthy the movement toward satisfaction of desires by temporary consumption. So in light of that “How do we cultivate joy in a culture that is obsessed with pursuing happiness?”
The center piece of American life are these words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among this are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Joy on the other hand is defined by Timothy Keller as, “A delight in God for the sheer beauty and worth of who He is. Its opposite is hopelessness or despair, and its counterfeit is an elation that is based on experiencing blessings, not the Blesser, causing mood swings based on circumstances.”
In contrast to the pursuit of happiness we have the pursuit of joy, “the movement toward satisfaction of desires by eternal investment.” How do we get there? How do we not settle for inferior “happiness” when deep “joy” is our to experience?
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:31-33