In Search of Happiness
|Theme:||Finding true happiness in Jesus. - 6th Sunday after the Epiphany, Year C|
|Object:||Bubble blowing liquid. Want to make your own? There is a recipe at the bottom of this sermon.|
|Scripture:||Looking at his disciples, he said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Luke 6:20-22 (NIV)|
I am sure that everyone has experienced the joy of blowing bubbles. It is amazing to me that something so simple could bring so much happiness to so many people. It isn't just for kids either! I have even seen teenagers and adults laughing and having fun blowing bubbles and trying to catch them.
There is just one problem with the happiness that comes from blowing bubbles -- it doesn't last! The minute you reach out and touch one of the bubbles, it will burst. Many times we chase the bubble, but it is always just out of reach and as soon as it touches the ground, the bubble bursts.
I think this is the way it is in the lives of many people today. A lot of people are chasing after happiness, but like the bubbles, happiness is always just out of reach. Or, just when we think we have it, our bubble may burst. What are some of the things that people are chasing in their search for happiness?
Money -- Many people think that money will bring them happiness, but it doesn't. Once you spend it, it is gone, and you still don't have happiness.
Food -- We live in a day when many people seek happiness in food. They eat because they are sad or depressed and they think that food will make them feel better. It doesn't. After they eat, they are still unhappy, but now they are over-weight which makes them even more unhappy!
Entertainment -- Many people think that laughing and having a good time is the same thing as being happy, but it isn't. Many people who are laughing on the outside are crying on the inside.
Popularity -- Some people think that being popular with other people will bring them happiness. They will do anything or say anything to make other people like them, but popularity doesn't last. It is here today and gone tomorrow. There is no lasting happiness in popularity.
Jesus knew that people often look for happiness in the wrong places. He even suggested that we might be happier if we were poor, hungry, crying, and disliked by others. Why would Jesus suggest such a thing?
When we are poor, it may be easier for us to trust in God to supply everything we need instead of depending on our own wealth.
When we are hungry for God and his righteousness, we realize that only He can satisfy our hunger.
When we are crying, we can trust in God to comfort us and ease our pain.
When we think we have no friends, we have a friend in Jesus. Jesus is a friend who will never leave us.
Do you want to find happiness in life? Don't spend your time chasing bubbles. Look to your Heavenly Father. He is the source of true happiness.
Dear Father, help us to realize that we can never find happiness in the things that this world has to offer. You alone are the source of true happiness. Amen.
RECIPE FOR MAKING BUBBLE-BLOWING LIQUID
Items Needed: An empty half-gallon milk carton - a measuring cup - clear dishwashing liquid - glycerin (you can buy it at the drugstore)
Directions: Rinse out the milk carton well and fill it with water. Pour out 1/3 cup of the water. Add 1/3 cup of the dish soap and 1 tablespoon glycerin. Close the carton and turn it over a couple times to mix it all up. Don't shake it, that would make suds.
(If you can wait, your bubbles will be better if the mixture is allowed to sit for 24 hours.)
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