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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.