Everyone Wants to Be Happy

St. Augustine:

If I were to ask you why you have believed in Christ, why you have become Christians, every man will truly answer, ‘For the sake of happiness.’

Blaise Pascal:

All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.

C.S. Lewis:

It is a Christian duty for everyone to be as happy as he can…Joy is the serious business of Heaven.

John Piper:

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.


Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (Ps. 42:11)

Does anyone do anything so they will be sad or joyless?  I would hope that everyone does anything in order that they would have joy.  I hope, even for non-Christians, that people would do things not to be depressed and sad, but to find complete joy and happiness.  Why do people look for religion, relationships, sex, drugs, food, fitness, etc?  To be happy.  On the other hand, I hope people who seek happiness will in the end find that it is empty, purposeless, and sinful if it is not grounded in the person of Jesus Christ.

Jesus will satisfy us.  He will make us happy.  He will give the most complete joy.  Pursue it.  Desire it.  Make it your goal in life to make Jesus your treasure.