Scratching Where it Itches – #TimeMagazine Cover: “The Pursuit of #Happiness”

Time Magazine Cover - Pursuit of HappinessScratching Where it Itches:

Two Sundays ago, I started a new series at our church in the Book of Philippians called Triumphant Joy: The Pursuit of Happiness. We started studying this book of the Bible, discovering how we can experience abundant joy in our lives.

Today, I picked up the latest Time magazine and did a double take as I looked at the by-line on the cover: ‘The Pursuit of Happiness: Why Americans are wired to be happy – and what that’s doing to us.”

Here’s a quote from the main article:

“All human beings may come equipped with the pursuit-of-happiness impulse–the  urge to find lusher land just over the hill, fatter buffalo in the next  valley–but it’s Americans who have codified the idea, written it into the  Declaration of Independence and made it a central mandate of the national  character. American happiness would never be about savor-the-moment contentment.  That way lay the reflective café culture of the Old World–fine for Europe, not  for Jamestown. Our happiness would be bred, instead, of an almost adolescent  restlessness, an itch to do the Next Big Thing.

The terms of the deal the  founders offered are not easy: there’s no guarantee that we’ll actually achieve  happiness, but we can go after it in almost any way we choose. All by itself,  that freedom ought to bring us joy, but the more cramped, distracted,  maddeningly kinetic nature of the modern world has made it harder than ever.  Somehow there must be a way to thread that needle, to reconcile the  contradictions between our pioneer impulses and our contemporary selves.”

This article confirmed to me the pursuit of happiness is definitely something that is on people’s mind’s today! Are you looking to be happy, joyful, fulfilled and satisfied? True and lasting joy is found in JESUS.

To check out our current series of devotionals about The Pursuit of Happiness at The Beausejour Pulpit blog, click HERE.


About Chris Jordan

Husband. Father. Author. Pastor. High School Bible Teacher. Follower of Jesus. And I enjoy a good cup of coffee!
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