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We want to be happy
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
December 11, 2023

St. Augustine, a famous Christian who lived around a.d. 400, wrote, “Every man, whatsoever his condition, desires to be happy.” Isn’t that true? Whoever we are, whatever our age, and whatever we do, don’t we all want to be happy?

Think of your annual birthday list, handpicked in your personal pursuit of happiness. A 75” 8K UHD QLED TV or a kitchen makeover or a dinner where everyone lingers and no one is in a rush to leave. I don’t know your list, but I do know you made your list because you want to be happy.

This might surprise you, but God wants you to be happy too. Not in the shallow, purchase-based way of our world, where happiness is tied to what is happening in your life. But in the depth of his love, in the purchase that Jesus made on the cross to make you part of God’s forever family.

Most mornings, in my daily pursuit of happiness, I pray these words: “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days” (Psalm 90:14). Moses, the author of this psalm, didn’t fill his prayer list with a new staff or a kitchen upgrade but with a long look at unfailing love.

Let’s do the same thing today: Father, satisfy our souls with the profound thought that we are loved by you. Make us happy by fixing our eyes on the only thing in life that will never fail—your love for us through Jesus. Amen!

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