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As in all addiction, we are in denail about the degree to which we are controlled by our godsubstitutes.

And inordinate love cretes inordinate, uncontrollable anguish if anything goes
wrong with the object o four greatest hopes. Eu não sou idolatra. Eu Idolatro socialmente.

All sins are attempts to fill voids – Simone Weil Preso a canções entregue a paixões que nunca
tiveram fim, doce ou atroz, manso ou feroz, eu caçador de mim. Sá e Guarabira.
Old Calvinist doctrine that pride is the enemy of hope.
Soren Kierkegaard wrote the little book called The Sickeness unto Death in 1849. He dedined
sin that way: “In despair not waiting to be oneself before God... Faith is: that the self is being
itself and wanting to be itself is grounded transparently in God.”
Sin is the despairing refusal to find your deepest identity in your relationship and servisse to
God. Sin is seeking to become oneself, to get na identity, apart from him. Sempre seja pleno

de alegria no Senhor. Eu digo mais uma vez, regozijem! (Encher-se de alegria, de
prazer, de realização) Essa é uma alternativa para uma cultura que sofre de bulimia do
consumo, que compra para agregar valor social e para ser aceito.
In the movie Rocky, the title character´s girfriend asks him why it is so important for him to ´go
to distance” in the boxing match. “ Then I´llknow I´m not a bum, he replies. In the movies
Chariots of Fire on the mais characters explains why he Works so hard at running the hundredyard dash of the Olympics. He sys that when each race begins, “ I have tem lonely seconds to
justify my existence. Quando eu corro Deus sorri. Ernest Becker “ cosmic significance”. Henry
Nouwen Eu sou o que faço
Eu sou o que as pessoas falam sobre mim
Eu sou o que tenho
“One has only the choice between God and idolatry... If one denies God... one is workshiping
dome things of this world in the belief that one sees them only as such, but in fact though
unknown to oneself imagining the atributes of Divinity in them”. Darcey Steinke, Easter
evereywhere: a memory quotes Simone Weil.

Kierkegaard asserts that human beings were made not only to believe in God in some general
way, but to love him supremely, center their lives on him above anything else, and build their
very identities on him. Anything other than this is sin. Most people think of sin primarily as
“breaking divine rules”, but Kirkegaard knows that the very first of the Tem Commandments is
to “have no other gods before me”. So, according to the Bible, the primary way to define sin is
not just the doing of bad things, but the making of good things into ultimate things. It is
seeking to establish a sense of self by making something else more central to your significanse,
purpose and happiness than your relashionship to God.
In C.S.Lewis´s essay “Is Christianity Hard or Easy” he depicts normal human striving:

Additional scriptural references made in this sermon are: 2 Peter 1:4. So the only solution is not simply to change our behavior. The Christian way is diferente – both harder and easier.. . 2010. and we know sometuhing called “ morality” or “decent behavior” has a claim on the self. Is happiness possible? Is the very notion of happiness a fraud that intelligent people have learned to see through? The Bible believes that happiness is real. Not your things.. but that true happiness is extremely different than what people normally seek. to get on with its own life and do what it likes. 1 Peter 1:6.. A REGENERÇÃO RPRECEDE A SANTIFICAÇÃO. we are very like na honest man paying his taxes. not just the ones you think wicked but the ones you think innocent – the hole outfit. This sermon was on Joy and was preached on April 18. The text was Romans 5:1-11 Series Review: One of the premises of the Bible (the theme of the series) is that there is a difference between a morally restrained heart by the power of will power and the supernatural change that the Holy Spirit gives. Christ says. He pays them. it is putting good things in the place of God. We are hoping that when all the demands os morality and society have been met.. In fact. Biblical happiness is an unwavering happiness that does not depend upon everything going well in our lives. Related Series Modern Problems. the poor natural self will still have some chance. “Give me ALL. I want you. I will give you a new self instead. I will give you a new self instead”.. Hand over the hole natural self – ALL the desires. but he does hope that there will be enough left over gor him to lve on. some time. Matthew 6:31-34... Ancient Solutions Notes from Tim Keller’s Sermon “Joy” Posted on April 4. Luke 15:21.. How do you know which is true of you. we have a natural self with various desires and interests. Sin is not simply doing bad things. I have come not to torture your natural self. Here Lewis Works from Kierkegaard´s definition of sin. I don´t want just this much os your time and this much of your Money and this much of your work – so that your natural selfcan have the rest.The ordinary idea which we all havei s that. but to reorient and cebter the entire heart and life on God. 2012by PaulVK This was part of Keller‟s series on the fruit of the Spirit entitled “Real Signs of the Spirit”. Jeremiah 17.

Lots of self help stuff. Now we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. (Here‟s the whole quote. Total reversal! To be a Christian is to be someone who‟s now justified by faith. They believe that pursuing joy is a dead end. Keller abbreviates it. accepted by him. in our suffering. and they have been doing so for centuries — just as long as other people have been pursuing happiness and writing books about it. Frank Kermode wrote. The intelligentsia hate all of that talk. ―No mockery in this world ever sounds to me so hollow as that of being told to cultivate happiness. Happiness is like beauty: part of its glory lies in its transience. A lot of people don‟t believe that. it‘s happiness itself. no amount of fashionable scowling will keep any of us from knowing and savoring the pleasure of the sun on our faces or save us from the adult understanding that it cannot last forever. not your record.”  To live life you need a center of joy.) Smart people often talk trash about happiness. ―What does such advice mean? Happiness is not a potato.  What she‟s saying is this. to be planted in mould and tilled with manure. and in God. That Christian joy is unique 3. No amount of mockery.The Three Points 1. No matter what it is it will . but of morons.‖ To hold happiness is to hold the understanding that the world passes away from us. and much great prose and poetry make note of this.” Christianity says you receive God‟s acceptance and blessing as a free gift of faith on the basis of Jesus‟ record.) The real problem with happiness is neither its pursuers nor their books. The fashion is to bemoan happiness studies and positive psychology as being the work not of the Devil (the Devil is kind of cool). at peace with God. that the petals fall and the beloved dies. “It seems clear from this paragraph that the main mark of justified believers is joy. and worse than trash about books on happiness.‖  (Keller then abbreviates another quote from the end of the article. It is deep but often brief (as Frost would have it).  There‟s been a lot of happiness studies.  John Stott in his commentary on Romans (The Bible Speaks Today). Amy Bloom wrote in the NY Times essay The Rap on Happiness . That joy is important 2.‖ Charlotte Brontë wrote in 1853. If you really want serenity in life don‟t pursue happiness because anything you get joy from will not last. Where Christian joy comes from Joy is Important  Every other religion says “live as you ought and God will accept you. ―It seems there is a sort of calamity built into the texture of life. Now what is the main mark of a real Christian life. and then you can live as you ought.

death cannot be far away. who met with friends (disciples. for death. if it lingers and intensifies. dreamless sleep. the advice of the Greek philosopher Epicurus (341-270 B. neither exists — after death there is only the Big O (oblivion) and the Big N (nullity). The only way to get serenity is to not to try to be happy. because our hearts want joy. zilch. too. our hearts are a big vacuum pump. a condition not different from your life before you were born: an utter blank. and will therefore soon enough diminish and be gone. if it doesn‘t disappear. or. (I‟ll put the quote below in it‟s entirety. „never again! I‟m never giving my heart to ________________. Then you say „the only way I‟ll get serenity is to stop pursuing joy. Don‟t give your heart to anything. devised a program to rid the world of anxiety. But there‟s a problem with that. in my reading of him. being nothing more than eternal dark. it isn‘t easy to keep thoughts of death at bay.) In the last stage of life. not to try to pursue joy. forget about hell. like most methods of personal reform. Pain is either brief. Death.disappoint you. about pain. as we know. What I said was. that they are watching over you and keeping a strict accounting of your behavior. more correctly understood as the search for serenity.  For some sports teams are still breaking our hearts. is oblivion. but for most of the rest of us it‟s a man or a woman.). Consider. nothing. who lent his name to the school of Epicureanism but who was.  Joseph Epstein. it is preposterous to believe that they could possibly care. Epicurus. though. retired professor of English. The old philosophers were all about detachment. Get your mind off it. especially those of food and drink. Step Three: Forget. . as best you are able. nada. What happens is. and get what philosophers and Buddhism is about. wrote an article in the Notre Dame magazine. or in the gods. and so your worries are over here. I think. Epicureanism is generally understood to be about indulging fleshly pleasures. also presents no problem. Forget about heaven.C. be assured. that has an enormous amount of sucking and it fixes itself on something and says „this will really make me happy‟ but we know it will not last. His method. even with the cheeriest outlook. Step Two: Don‘t worry about death. and even if they did. but it is.  “I understand this…” Baseball illustration of being a boy whose joy was the Philadelphia Phillies. really) in his garden in Athens. had set steps. The Phillies lost 10 in a row. Here they are: Step One: Do not believe in God. the world‘s first shrink. They most likely do not exist. it‟s love or a career or success. in this case four such steps.

airless — it will change. 3  Suffering is favorable circumstances going away. you must give your heart to no one. irredeemable. if one could bring it off. power — should also be foresworn. money. even if it did work. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell. avoid all entanglements.  I‟m going to part ways with the word happiness because I don‟t believe that Christian joy is what the world calls happiness. I‘ve not kitchen-tested it myself. I am myself not among them. There you have it. (again here is the full quote. From the Four Loves . dark. If you detach it dehumanizes you. fame.  CS Lewis said it better.  a. But the real question is. impenetrable.  Do you know that there is a happiness dot com? (Keller gets the citation wrong here. It hardens you. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries. Christian joy is not based in circumstances. and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. pain and acquisition. Love anything. from its large questions and daily dramas. ) . it will become unbreakable. The alternative to tragedy. or at least to the risk of tragedy. Epicurus‘ Four-Step Program to eliminate anxiety and attain serenity.  We rejoice in our sufferings! vs. then: forget about God. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact. It is in the Rap on Happinessarticle above. death. this program really would work.  What the world calls happiness is getting control of your life so that you keep your circumstances favorable. Is there any way forward? Christian Joy is Unique  Two ways Christian joy is unique. The effort required to obtain them is too great. But in that casket — safe. It will not be broken. motionless. To summarize. constitute a life rich and complex enough to be worth living? Many people would say yes.  If you seek joy your heart will be broken. and your worries are over. but my guess is that. the game isn‘t worth the candle. not even to an animal. lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. would such utter detachment from life. From this it follows that ambition generally — for things. whose pleasures are sure to be incommensurate with the effort required to gain them. is damnation.Step Four: Do not waste your time attempting to acquire exactious luxuries. Keller summarizes)  To love at all is to be vulnerable.

the Dalai Lama and the many authors on the happier. character. Sex. It will ruin your appetite. forget that one. You rejoice in suffering because suffering produces stronger endurance. (4) Take compassionate care of others and of yourself. Are they doomed to unhappiness? Yes. What happens to Christians is you say „oh I believe in God and I know I‟m going to heaven…‟ but you actually base your day to day joy and happiness on circumstances and when they go away it drives you into God. but it can also grow. When things go bad it drives you into God and you develop a poise. as you and I define happiness in this culture today.  Christian joy. and he‟s not subject to circumstances. Talk about engaging in interesting work?  The world believes that happiness is getting my circumstances in the right place. a strong kind of joy that never goes away regardless of circumstances.We could canvass Gore. . Most people. when the candy goes away you‟re forced to go after the feast your soul really needs. Gilbert. “don‟t eat that candy before meals. most places. Christian joy can actually get stronger. The trouble with eating candy is it gives you a sugar buzz and masks the fact that your body needs stuff you don‟t have. Christian joy is unique because it’s already but not yet.  Do you realize how ridiculous this is? Sure you need all of this to be happy.com Web site and produce the Fundamentally Sound. (3) Have relationships that matter to you. good health. but joy is available to them. perseverance. unlike worldly happiness not only can be maintained when all circumstances go unfavorable. circumstances are favorable. They never will have it. What are we going to do about all of the people who will never get these things today. In fact when it says “we rejoice in suffering” it doesn‟t mean you rejoice for your suffering. Sure-Fire Top Five Components of Happiness: (1) Be in possession of the basics — food. What about most of the people in most of the times and most of the places that never have favorable circumstances like that. How?  Your mother used to say. (5) Have work or an interest that engages you.  b. shelter. a power. in fact it does usually grow. 11. because when the sugar goes away. and that leads to more hope and that hope is in the future glory of God. (Keller is SO NY/NJ east coast… ) How can you rejoice in your suffering if all your circumstances are going bad? vs. You rejoice in God. (2) Get enough sleep. most centuries have never had this.  That Christian joy is not based on circumstances at all. Rubin. and money and power and success. That‟s masochism. safety.  you say „how can that be?‟ Worldly happiness goes away when things are bad because it‟s based when things are bad. favorable circumstances are spiritual sugar. I‟m happy if things are going well.

we have more. She turned herself. Master. This joy hath degrees. because God has poured out his love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who he has given us.  Vs. It‟s absolutely certain you will share in the hope and glory of God. that witnessing of a sonship spoken of before. You belong here. When you get to the renewed earth you‟ll learn that this is your real country. The knowledge of that future glory (hope). It comes in saying.  What does that word “pour out” mean? it‟s a way of expressing experience. Mary.) It is that which went out from Christ to Mary.  William Guthrie10. ‗It is good to be here. Sometimes we get an hors d‟oeurve of that feast now. Therefore sometimes the immediate testimony of the Spirit is necessary. 4 and 5. Rabboni. 9: 23). putting a man in a transport with this on his heart. if I say there is a communication of the Spirit of God which is sometimes vouchsafed to some of His people that is somewhat besides. if not beyond. and she understood not .”  If you believe the reason God blesses you is because you‟ve lived a good life and I‟m praying. It‟s at the heart of the Christian joy. All other religions say „if you live as you ought God will bless you. I speak with the experience of many saints. according to Scripture. and liberty. corresponding to that audible voice. It is a glorious divine manifestation of God unto the soul. 2b says we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.) He had spoken some words to her before. love. ‗O man. and.‘ (Matt.  Richards Sibbes Sometimes our spirits cannot stand in trials. it is a thing better felt than spoken of: it is no audible voice. But is that all we have? No. When you become a Christian because your salvation is not based in your good works or your efforts there is a certainty you‟ve got about your future. Religion earned by you creates an uncertainty about your future. ‗I am thy salvation!‘ and our hearts are stirred up and comforted with joy inexpressible. I hope.  Hope in the Bible is life shaping certainty of what you‟re going to have but you don‟t have it yet. greatly beloved‘ (Dan. etc. shedding abroad God‘s love in the heart. when He but mentioned her name– ‗Jesus saith unto her. a foretaste of that glory.‘ (John 20: 16. It is grounding. and saith unto Him. Sometimes you experience that glory now.  Christianity says there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. light. Sometimes it is so clear and strong that we question nothing — other times doubts come in soon. which is to say. but it is a ray of glory filling the soul with God. On the one hand vs. as He is life. 17: 4. It is poise creating when other circumstances are becoming unfavorable. that means you have no certainty about your future spiritually speaking because what if you give up or what if you don‟t keep it up? You can‟t be sure because you haven‟t gotten to the end yet.

The first time he read an icelandic saga he loved it. by which she was so satisfyingly filled. and we betray ourselves like lovers at the mention of a name.‘ or first-fruits ‗of the inheritance‘ (Eph. At one point he starts to realize that there‟s a God behind the joy.that it was He: but when He uttereth this one word ―Mary‖. It‟s the already foretaste of the not yet. and if she had any interest in Him. and. that he forgetteth all things except the present manifestation. almost wholly conforming the man unto His likeness. so swallowing him up. as it were. it was not in them. . Then he gets a friend and binge on the friend but then the friend backs off. for it is a present. ‗Thus saith the Lord. breaking the hearts of their worshippers. but at the same time I have a subjective nature and Christian joy gives you what you need both head and heart. and was equivalent with. the memory of our own past – are good images of what we really desire.  This answers the dilemma of the first point. O how glorious is this manifestation of the Spirit!  Unless you have this joy you will rely on worldly happiness based on favorable circumstances which is so fragile. or constantly.‘ This is such a glance of glory. The first point dilemma was that things in this world are great and yet if we give our heart to them we get disappointed so then we detach and we don‟t rejoice in things. As he works through it he realizes it isn‟t paying out as he‟d hoped. and learns old Norse so he can read it in the original. that there was no place for arguing and disputing whether or no that was Christ. sensible discovery of the holy God.  CS Lewis‟ autobiography is called “Surprised by Joy”. it only came through them. and what came through them was longing. That manifestation wrought faith to itself. and did purchase credit and trust to itself. 1: 14). It doesn‟t happen a lot. He reads every Icelandic saga. but you know it. For they are not the thing itself. Before he was a Christian he was always trying to find joy in other things and before he became a Christian he binged on things that gave him joy. You will not have Christian joy unless you have experiences of the love of God direct to your heart through prayer. These things – the beauty.  That goes along with your knowledge of the glory of God. but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols. there was some admirable divine conveyance and manifestation made out unto her heart. Our commonest expedient is to call it beauty… The books or music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them.)  ―We cannot tell it because it is a desire for something that has never actually appeared in our experience. that it may in the highest sense be called ‗the earnest. (The citation comes from the Weight of Glory. We cannot hide it because our experience is constantly suggesting it.

of Joy? for that. What if it was a huge bill for back taxes that you had . They will encourage us and we shall be grateful to the authority that set them up. That‟s the gospel. news from a country we have never visited. To tell you the truth.”  God‟s wrath is not just crankiness.‖  Then the conclusion from Surprised by Joy But what. had never had the kind of importance I once gave it. is what the story has mainly been about. But when we have found the road and are passing signposts every few miles. they are just signposts. But.they are only the scent of a flower we have not found. the point naturally loomed large in my thoughts. But I now know that the experience. in conclusion.  This is counter-intuitive because from the outside you are sinner. took the punishment. though their pillars are of silver and their lettering of gold. took the condemnation. Jesus Christ. How should you respond? It depends on the debt your friend paid for you.  Imagine you went away and a friend of yours stayed in the home and your friend paid a bill for you while you were gone. So enjoy them. the subject has lost nearly all interest for me since I became a Christian… I believe that the old stab. It is his settled judicial opposition to injustice and evil and the human race deserves punishment because we‟ve participated in evil and injustice. It was valuable only as a pointer to something other and outer. This sounds negative. has come to me as often and as sharply since my conversion as at any time of my life whatever. after all. He who first sees it cries. ‗We would be at Jerusalem‘ (238). While that other was in doubt. then I‟ll be happy”. you deserve wrath. ‗Look!‘ The whole party gathers round and stares. But what this means on the inside? The size of the debt and the magnitude of the danger which we were in before. Christ died for us that we might be saved from God‟s wrath. or not much. we shall not stop and stare. The gospel shows you the magnitude of your danger. punishment. There‟s a beautiful little summary of the Gospel. while we were still sinners took the wrath. considered as a state of my own mind.  a.  All the things that we attach onto today and think “If I have that. not on this road. The essence of them is the gospel. How do you really get this joy?  The last part of the passage is worth 5 or 6 sermons. the echo of a tune we have not heard. some of them are great! But don‟t mistake the sign posts for what they are pointing to which is the city of God and God himself. But we shall not stop and stare.  That gets out out of afraid of enjoying things in this life or resting in them. lost. “Why we were yet sinners. the old bittersweet. How does that bring joy? 2 ways.

That‟s how the love comes. You look at what Jesus has done. Jesus said “that‟s what‟s happening to me as I go to the cross.no resources to pay on your own.  You can‟t appreciate the magnitude of the deliverance until you realize the magnitude of your jeopardy.  The real disease has been healed. pain and danger.  JC Ryle says one of the reasons you get so upset about your debts. When you see that all other debts seem small.  In the ancient world the only way for a woman to give birth to a new baby and the joy of new life was for her to go into a tunnel of anguish. He experienced anguish so we could have new life. You don‟t know how grateful to be until you know how bad it was. the magnitude of Jesus‟ pain  John 16 where Jesus is trying to comfort his disciples but says a woman giving birth has pain because her time has come but when the baby is born joy for a child is born into the world and so it is with your. is you don‟t realize the great debt of sin.  b. The Search for Happiness Our modern age scorns the wisdom of the past. 1-12 . Um progr ama novo de Felicidade 21 jul (Padre Jeferson Luis Leme) Evangelho: Mt 5. your financial problems. Jesus Christ is identifying with the woman.  Go get it. Jesus lost all joy so we could have joy. the only debt that could really sink you has been paid. It‟s available.”  Here‟s how you develop joy. but have the fruits of our physical and philosophical sciences progressed us toward fundamental human happiness? The ancient wisdom in the prologue of the Book of Psalms provides four principles that dig into the root issues that either frustrate or encourage true joy and satisfaction.

a felicidade na vida nunca poderá ser encontrada fora de você mesmo. porque já desde agora possuem o Reino e o favor de Deus. As bem-aventuranças nos ensinam a buscar a felicidade em nós mesmos. sedento de felicidade. entretanto não deve colocar para si mesmo. aquilo o que é transitório e irá um dia desaparecer. Ele declara felizes. O que Jesus quer dizer com as bem-aventuranças? Nas bem-aventuranças. buscamos. Procuramos a felicidade em todos os lugares e não encontramos. poder e domínio. Todo o homem e mulher quer ser feliz. os que buscam a paz e excluem a violência. procura a maneira de consegui-lo. Jesus conhecia o coração humano. morar numa casinha simples. os misericordiosos que sabem perdoar. sociedade. Só que no Evangelho de Jesus Cristo. não é a relação nova. Nas bem-aventuranças. Você poderá ter tudo isto e ser imensamente infeliz! Você poderá ter tudo na vida. todos quantos o mundo tem por infelizes: os pobres e os famintos. Pois bem!!! Essa tal de felicidade está aonde? Quantas coisas realizamos para sermos felizes e não somos. não é o emprego novo que lhe fará feliz. criamos e nunca estamos satisfeito. segurança e amor. em consequência. Procuramos. Nada e nem ninguém lhe fará feliz! Não é o carro novo. não é a casa nova. segundo o que cada um entende por felicidade: riqueza e dinheiro. das coisas ou dos sistemas (família. através das pessoas. os que choram e sofrem. que só será feliz quando obtiver o que pretende materialmente. êxito e posição social. Você poderá ser uma pessoa simples. sexo e prazer… etc. embora novo e paradoxal. trabalho). os retos e limpo de coração. Jesus propõe um caminho seguro de felicidade. os perseguidos pela sua fidelidade a Deus.Falamos tanto de felicidade. Jesus estabelece uma inversão total dos critérios mundanos sobre a felicidade. ter um emprego de pouca projeção e ser imensamente . dá uma dica pra nós em relação à felicidade.

If we start with the fact that we’re all humans and experience emotions then we can. que poderá lhe trazer muitas frustrações. na realização daquilo que é construtivo para a vida. Você nasceu para ser! Estamos numa escola de amor e desprendimento. cargos de destaque nas empresas ou na sociedade. As bem-aventuranças de Cristo não são espiritualismo desencarnado. define happiness. Por isso que as bem-aventuranças é uma dica pra todos nós. ou um corpo perfeito e ser imensamente infeliz. pelo servir desinteressadamente a tudo e a todos. insegura e estabelecerá um estado ilusório em sua forma de pensar. quando buscada nas idealizações egocêntricas. Ninguém e nada lhe farão feliz. at least at a high level. mas não nasceu para obter a felicidade somente através do ter e nem pelo aparentar ser o que você não é. fragilizando-lhe emocionalmente. Wikipedia notes that happiness is a “mental or . Construa a felicidade através daquilo que é real daquilo que nunca desaparecerá. lhe fará ser uma pessoa infeliz. fora de si mesmo. So finding an agreed upon definition of happiness can be elusive. Those in war zones compared to those in the suburbs will each have very different perspectives. ou poderá ter muito dinheiro. 2012 by ted olson leave a comment What exactly is happiness? It means different things to different people.feliz. quando você não alcançar o que pretendia. pois sempre terá vida dentro de você! Você pode ter tudo na vida. A sua felicidade é presente. nos bons valores. and it is greatly influenced by context. A felicidade. nos seus ideais de auto-realização empática. Ele não as pronunciou para justificar e perpetuar uma classe social de homens e mulheres diminuídos. se você antes não estiver construindo a felicidade dentro de si mesmo. nem resignação fatalista. mas tem inerente um compromisso pessoal e efetivo com a pobreza e o sofrimento humano. nas suas conquistas morais. Até a próxima! What Is Happiness may 7. nem passividade alienante. contentes com a esperança futura.

big money – but God thinks working in Africa to feed the poor is what’s best for you. Or. Maybe we’re living the dream – big house. What about the lessons one has to learn to overcome their issues with anger. Some healthy. Or perhaps you’re a single mom struggling to make ends meet and nothing on the outside changes. We could leave it at this – that there are simply too many variables and therefore there must be multiple forms and definitions of happiness. How can you be happy? God only knows – seriously. eating an incredibly good meal. It’s a longer view. However. God loves us. In short. This latter view of happiness is very different.emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. ~ Ted Olson . Some not. a belly-aching laugh. Being content while struggling through a long battle with cancer is entirely different. the peace and joy and contentment from knowing God radiates out of you like a raging river to the point where people say. starting with trust in God and then building upon that foundation. lust. You could stretch this to being psyched to eat a box of donuts. Clearly these are examples that people actually use to define happiness.” Contentment to intense joy? This is broad. or greed? These journeys are rarely pleasant. pride. we could see what God thinks. Happiness built on this is. Intense joy could be a flash – winning the lottery. or smoke a cigarette all the way to feeling content that a loved one suffering from a chronic illness has finally passed on. It’s God’s way of bringing us to our complete selves. how do I do that? And these are just the outward manifestations of God’s work. and he obviously wants what’s best for us. they vary. Depending upon one’s circumstance this could mean a lot of different things. Thanks for reading. wow. well…happiness. big job. but they lead to happiness.

Vague quotes that say “I’m good just because I’m me” are nice. Others through spiritual things. Some seek it through material things. I want to be filled with inspiration and strength for “constant” creative goodness. I do because I’ve scratched the surface of some of it. It seems we cling to tidbits of wisdom and philosophy in the desperate hope that our misery will lesson. but they don’t hold.The Search For Happiness june 7. and many are true. I want to posses so much inner strength that I can naturally and “genuinely” bless those who spit in my face (please don’t test this). Thanks for reading. secure. Do we even believe the kind of happiness described above is possible? I do. I want to be able to respond with love and grace in real time. I don’t want to need praise from others. This seems like true happiness to me. I don’t want to be paralyzed or humiliated by someone’s dislike or condemnation. complete? And what do these mean? I think this isn’t enough. But what is it we’re seeking? Is it to be confident. fear. I want to live an unshakable life now – one free from loneliness. anxiety and filled with constant peace and joy. I’ve experienced it real time. 2012 by ted olson leave a comment We’re all searching for happiness. ~ Ted Olson (Much of the above is adapted from Dallas Willard’s book The Divine Conspiracy) . and it’s amazing! I’ve only ever been able to come close to this thanks to my relationship with God – nothing else has has worked – and I’ve tried.

selfishness. It’s not like we chat on about how selfish we are at a spin class. but it’s a private matter. Think life coaches. Trying to work with them to get consensus was exhausting. While personal happiness is indeed important. resentment. As long as we keep the inner toxins private. Privacy limits our potential. My friend listened to my tirade. 2012 by ted olson leave a comment . She didn’t judge my anger. eating better – these are great. spirituality. diets. they’ll continue to poison our happiness. Many of us do work on these. I started getting angry. We spend a lot of time trying to fix the outside – quitting smoking. I was struggling with some acquaintances recently who tend to be obsessive. 2012 by ted olson leave a comment Personal happiness is a hot topic. yucky stuff in my heart. resentful. ~ Ted Olson This Is It – And It’s Great! march 24. She was also compassionate with me. Because I opened up to a friend and exposed the raw. contempt. and was quickly slipping into contempt. as well as limit community. She was right. Let me back up for a second. But it’s the internal characteristics we possess that wreak so much havoc – anger. We’re looking to be better – to be happy. and our growth. greed. I was sharing all this with a friend. it’s impact on community is even more profound.Personal Happiness may 27. therapy. they were able to help heal it when I couldn’t do it for myself. Thanks for reading. She simply showed me a better way when I wasn’t able to do it for myself – that’s community! I was able to go back into a difficult circumstance and continue to help a community versus create animosity. and we should do these things. and then gently suggested that they’re not the healthiest folks. and they need our love and compassion. envy. Fortunately. exercise.

” Realizing the gift. but I have lost it a few times. starting with what we have is key to answering “How Can I Be Happy. and that it comes from a really cool God. especially me. Instead of celebrating.In our “How Can I Be Happy” series. It’s a good thing because I have the power to use the gift of life! I can be as creative as I want. sweetens things even more. Most days I have my mind at hand so that’s helpful. In fact. There’s nothing else needed to be happy. I complain. Thanks for stopping by. That said. and our happiness! Many of us. We need to start here and understand and celebrate the gift. we can maximize the gift of life. and use whatever I have at hand. 2012 by ted olson 2 comments . Doesn’t work this way – and that’s a good thing. I expect life to fall in place for me. This is life – it’s the ultimate gift. ~ Ted Olson The Forgotten Son You Need To Meet september 11. there is something to always keep in mind – this is it. have done a really good job at complaining about the gift. Instead of using my head to appreciate and use the gift.

lost son. not one. However. and the elder son. there are many. The younger.Lot’s of Christians. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. many more believers who are arrogant. and trying to buy God’s grace – just like the elder brother. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home. identify on the wrong side of many of Jesus’ parables. in his past talks as a professor. mean-spirited. The preacher asked the question “What would have happened if the son returned home to find his father had died and he was left in the hands of his elder brother?” Rather than fall into the arms of a loving and merciful God. They’re playing the classic game of I do this. God never plays that game. Theologian Gordon Fee. now you do that. Rather. The story of the Prodigal Son is a great example. The parable of the prodigal son is a story about two sons. they’re afraid of falling into the hands of God’s people. Few care to admit they’re actually the resentful and conniving elder brother. Thanks for reading. Tim Keller notes in his book The Prodigal God that elder brothers assume a debt is owed to them by God for their steadfast faithfulness and good works. Fee goes on to say that this story reminds us that non believers are not so afraid to fall into the hands of God. ~ Ted Olson . the lost son would be at the mercy of a bitter and resentful elder brother. talks about a sermon he once heard on the prodigal son. Here’s what the elder brother screams in his father’s face: Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. The elder son was the brother who yelled at his father for throwing a party for his deadbeat brother who returned. Evangelicals especially. Folks identify with the lost son who came to his senses and returned to his father. you kill the fattened calf for him! There are certainly many who were indeed lost and are now found. We’d never win if he did.