Sunday Afternoon Musings I’m trying to reread every C.S. Lewis book* on my shelf this year and in the process, create indeces for all the ones that don’t have them. Today, I am plowing through Mere Christianity and I ran across this gem. “God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A … More The Fuel for Happiness
“If I were to ask you why you have believed in Christ, why you have become Christians, every man will answer truly, ‘For the sake of happiness.’” –Augustine
It is so easy to slip into discontent. It is so easy to be ingracious. It is so easy to refrain from giving thanks and to enjoy the blessings of the moment. And when we don’t enjoy these blessings, our discontent is path to an empty life. Our Declaration of Independence, a powerful and world-changing … More Murmuring and Being Content
Sunday Afternoon Musings “Above all, it is not necessary that we should have any unexpected, extraordinary experiences in meditation. This can happen, but if it does not, it is not a sign that the meditation period has been useless. Not only at the beginning, but repeatedly, there will be times when we feel great spiritual dryness … More Bonhoeffer on: Happiness and Meditation
Revised and reposted because Bonhoeffer is always relevant and he points us to the importance of the word of God in achieving any lasting happiness. Happiness is not achieved by seeking it but by seeking that which is the source of all happiness–God Himself. For more see: “Seek God, Not Happiness”.
Sunday Musings The settled happiness and security which we all desire, God withholds from us by the very nature of the world: but joy, pleasure, and merriment, He has scattered broadcast. We are never safe, but we have plenty of fun, and some ecstasy. It is not hard to see why. The security we crave … More Why God Keeps Our Happiness Shallow
Friday is for Heart Songs … given my view that tragedy is normal, I try to be happy unless something happens that makes me unhappy, rather than unhappy unless something happens that makes me happy. Most people go through life waiting for something wonderful to happen to make them happy. My attitude is that so … More “Happiness is a Serious Problem”