What makes you happy?

Do you ever look at a celebrity and think,

    “They have it all together. They know all the new trends, and they even start some. They look so happy!”

    Well, appearances can be deceiving. They are most likely stuck in a rut. In a constant rat race with other celebrities, trying to be the richest, prettiest, have the most followers, ect. They are never truly happy or content with what they have. They even find it hard to tell who their true friends are. People will pretend to be their friends because they have money or good looks. But they have lots of money, and that’s all that matters in life right?

Wrong! Money and power is not what life is about. Studies show that buying things produces dopamine. How long does that last though? How much better would you feel if you spent that money on someone else instead of yourself? Think about a kid at Christmas. He opens his gift and it’s a new Hot Wheels track! He loves it more than any of his other gifts because it’s new. How much longer after Christmas do you find that same track in the back of his closet though?

Even as children we searched for joy in the wrong places. No one has to teach us to love the things of this world. I promise you, it’s not worth it. After you have lived your glorious life full of “stuff”, you leave this Earth and you can’t take any of it with you. Would you rather have temporary treasures, or permanent treasures? The verse I chose is John 4:13-14,

“Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 

I’m not going to tell you what to do. Instead, I’m going to leave off with a few questions. Where do you find your joy? Do you want to live a life of fake happiness, temporary joy, and unfulfillment, or do you want to drink from the water that Jesus freely gives, and never thirst again?

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