“I want to be a better spouse.” You say this, thinking back over a multitude of incidents that make up the history of your family. Some of them were funny when they happened; others are funny only as we look back on them. Still others were serious. Some were puzzling. [Read more...]
How can setting the right goals bring happiness?
Goals bring life into focus.
They give meaning and purpose to life.
Do you realize the Bible holds the keys to happiness? Do you read your Bible, or does it just sit on a shelf? The Bible is a very important book, and it contains a lot of good, solid Biblical principles for living. If you pay attention to those principles you will be on the pathway to contentment.
Are you searching for happiness? If so, you are not alone.
Many people are seeking relief from their desperately unhappy, frustrating, or hopeless condition. Frequently their situations cannot be reversed – whether it is unemployment, poverty, a broken marriage, relational conflicts, disability, or the death of a loved one.
“I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am” (Phil. 4: 11).
We tend to chase that golden pot at the end of the rainbow, that something in the future that will bring us contentment. Hopefully, some new experience, some new success, some new degree of cooperation or obedience from the people around us, or meeting someone new.
I’ve listened to many people describe their hopes with excitement in their voices; their eyes sparkle, and happy smiles light up their faces. Generally, such optimism consumes us when there are prospects for something new in the future.
I’ve listened to the same people who have been in pursuit of something new for a while–perhaps years. Their hopes have turned to ashes. As they recount what happened, their eyes are slits, the corners of their mouths are turned down. Their voices tremble.
We all know people–perhaps our own children, parents, or close friends–who have spent many years in pursuit of education, wealth, power, social life, religious life. Their goal was a fulfilled, contented, productive life. But they ended up depressed, sour, bitter, frustrated, empty, with broken friendships and marriages. They didn’t learn “to be content in whatever circumstances” they were. [Read more...]