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"Benjamin Franklin once said, 'The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.'

 

The problem with that is for most of us, chasing after happiness ends up looking like a hound chasing a rabbit... at the races.

It's a fake hope. The rabbit is a plastic robot, a fake. The speed of the rabbit is rigged, and the hounds are never going to catch it.

 

That is because happiness is not an end to any means. It is a byproduct. A byproduct cannot be caught, for it is a consequence, not an object. A consequence is not something that can be grasped, for it is something that occurs as an outcome for something else. 

 

So how do we find this all illusive happiness we seek?

 

Happiness is a byproduct of joy. Joy is much deeper than a feeling like happiness because it goes deeper into a state of being. Joy comes from a heart filled with hope: a hope that what we place our joy in - our faith in - is worth it. That it's foundation is strong, and that it can hold us up in our time of need. It is a hope that what we invest our time in, our money, our energy, sometimes our very being into, is worth it. That it has a purpose that is immutable and unchanging. Without that firm foundation, our hope will sway with the wind, and our joy with it. Then out the window goes our happiness.

 

Our happiness only comes from our joy, our joy is anchored to our hope, and our hope can only reside from within our purpose. For hope without purpose is meaningless. Our purpose can only come from one place. Our purpose ultimately comes from our origin; why we exist. If there is no God, and we came about by chance, then there is no point or purpose to our existence and therefore our hope is left without a foundation to stand on. Our joy will then continue to disappoint and happiness will remain illusive. But God does exist, and He did create us with a purpose in mind. It is outside of ourselves, and thus immutable. It comes from Him, and thus our hope resides within His purposes and our Joy can rest in that security, making happiness the byproduct of faith in Jesus Christ, our Savior.

 

You cannot chase after happiness. It is a byproduct, you cannot chase a byproduct."

 

Our happiness comes from our Joy. Our joy comes from our Hope, and our hope can only be found in our purpose. To know and love God and to make His love known to others. Let Him be the source of your joy, and you will see much happiness. 

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Analogies for evangelical use

There are many analogies and different tools I've used to explain the gospel story - or parts of the gospel - to unbelievers over the years. Inspired by a fellow Christian writer, I would like to share some of the analogies and tools I have found most useful.       1) The Light and the Dark - If heaven is perfect, as a place where the very presence of God resides, then how can something that is imperfect enter in? Does that not make it imperfect? Here is the analogy.  

Jared Williams

Jared Williams

 

Straight to "Go", but do not collect $200.

It's a trite colloquialism at a funeral to tell a grieving member, "It's okay, 'so-and-so' is in heaven now." but is that biblical? Truly, there is no verse that says we go to heaven as soon as we die. So where does this idea come from? (Warning: This subject is very controversial among Christian circles - and this is NOT a comprehensive study, this is not the limit of evidence)   There are many Bible verses that support the idea.    Luke 16: 19-31 - the story of Lazarus and

Jared Williams

Jared Williams

 

Floccinaucinihilipilification - the false accusation.

Floccinaucinihilipilification. That's a long word! It's one of the longest English words I know that's not some scientific/medical term. It means, rather simply, to determine something as valueless.    The epidemic of depression - whether the case is obvious or locked behind closed doors - flourishes upon the question of "what good am I?" Self doubt and guilt - put on or not - consistently feeds a mindset that obsesses over image and perception. One failed action or one angry retort ca

Jared Williams

Jared Williams

 

It may be unscientific, but it happened to me! Miracles.

(By definition, a miracle is something that cannot be explained through science - in fact, it is something that goes against known scientific laws)   Miracles Happen! And it's not just in biblical times. God is still very active in our time and age. He has not abandoned us.    There are tales a plenty you can find if you search online. A rainbow that shines through a window to shine upon a dying father's face, cancer that mysteriously disappears, people coming to Christ throu

Jared Williams

Jared Williams

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are...

I wish to preface this, I am by no means against public schools! I taught at public schools for years. They do a LOT of good. At the same time, I think people should be aware of some of the things going on in public schools. These are not universal, but they are trends. Please be warned. I truly do believe any child can successfully navigate public school, but without parental guidance, it is becoming much more difficult to do so while keeping a biblical mindset.    If you child goes t

Jared Williams

Jared Williams

 

Mr. Trip's Almanac

A memory is worth a thousand tears. Tears of joy or tears of sorrow; that is up to you. Although it would be great to live in a world with no hate, pain or evil, I would not trade it out for the world if it meant loosing the love, joy, and beauty of this world. An education is only as good as how you use it. Don't miss today on account of yesterday's sorrows. Eternity is not a number. Eternity likewise cannot be a measurement of time. Therefore, to save sanity, time must have a begin

Jared Williams

Jared Williams

 

Scilosophy - Thoughts on thought

The Atheist and the Evolutionist - many times one and the same - have postulated that there is no spiritual world. The physical is all there is. Why? Because that is all science can prove - the spiritual cannot be seen, touched, smelled, tasted, or heard. One question, in which one of those senses does your thoughts fall into?    The anti-theistic scientist will say that your thoughts are merely chemical reactions in the brain. But our thoughts are not observed, as the other perception

Jared Williams

Jared Williams

 

Leadership - Wisdom Reminders.

Humility is not weakness. Meekness is not timidity, nor is it demeaning to the Spirit. Love covers over a multitude of grievances and care motivates far further than fear. Fear is micromanaging, but when care and love is used; not only is the relationship stronger, but the leader is forced into a position to not sweat the small things and allows for a concerted effort upon the important.

Jared Williams

Jared Williams

 

My Greatest Fear

The mind may be sharp, and the body keen, but is the spirit awake? Have we deadened ourselves to the point of apathy? Have we let the derision leave us indecisive and the quandary to turn us to despondency? Have we left our wishes to our past and our 'ought's to our future? And the mass of entropy leaving us inept in the present. When shall we live, if not now?Where shall we stand, if not on truth? How shall we gain, if we do not pay forward? And how shall we improve if we do not change? We ask

Jared Williams

Jared Williams

 

What about the ignorant and the unborn?

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through him!   But.... I hear that book end too many times.    ... if God is love, why would he condemn anyone?        Answer: Love without justice is not real love. It's a mockery.   ... If God really wanted everyone to be saved, couldn't He just make it so?       Answer: Love without choice is not real love. It's mechanistic. God didn't create robots.   ... Why can't there be mo

Jared Williams

Jared Williams

 

Philosophical Reason for the Existence of God

Love is perhaps the strongest and most sought after item in the world. Perhaps arguable. There is also power, but power is merely a stem of love for self.    Love requires Justice, for love without justice is a mockery. Justice requires Love, for justice without love is mechanistic. Justice requires Mercy, for justice without mercy is dogmatic. Mercy requires Grace, for mercy without grace is apathetic. Grace requires Goodness, for grace without goodness is insanity

Jared Williams

Jared Williams

 

Treatise upon Eternity (Forewarning, this is a long blog post)

As a proof of God's existence to the unbelieving, I shall attempted to discuss a series of postulations that logically lead to the potential for an omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent being of whom we can self-assuredly refer to as God.    There are certain correlations between the different dimensions and certain commonalities when going from one dimension to the next. These common links, I hope, will show us some connections to the next dimension; the 4th dimension. For although we l
 

The Fall of We the People

America's weak. America's falling. America's failing. We won't be a superpower for much longer. Why do we think we are better than everyone else? We are always getting into other countries business. Why can't we just let things be? Who elected us to be the police force of the world?   Or so I hear...    What happened? Why have we fallen so far?    Wake up!    We haven't fallen. We are not down. We are not not!    Open your eyes!    Post
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