Does God want us to be happy?

The Atlantic recently published a story asserting that there’s more to life than being happy. The article focuses on the differences between leading a happy life and leading a meaningful life. Leading a happy life is associated with being a “taker,” in essence, getting what you want, when you want it. By contrast, people who lead a meaningful life experience joy from giving to others, and are transformed in the process.

This difference between being happy and finding meaning is worth keeping in mind as we move through Stewardship season towards Nov. 2, when we are all are invited to bring our 2015 Pledge Forms forward to be blessed by God. While happiness is fleeting, meaning leads to a deeper joy that brings us closer to God. Last week’s Stewardship Letter offered reflection about the many reasons we have to be filled with joy and gratitude at The Church of the Epiphany. When discerning your 2015 pledge, please prayerfully consider how participation in life at Epiphany helps you to find meaning and joy in your own life.

For further reflection, the Rev. Becky Zartman who blogs as The Vicar of H Street, discusses the difference between happiness and joy by asking the question, Does God want us to be happy? (Spoiler alert…the answer is a pretty definitive no!)

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