Saturday, 6 September 2014
"Happiness is a butterfly.
The more you chase it, the more it will elude you.
But if you turn your attention to other things,
It comes and sits softly on your shoulder."
I am not sure how happy you are feeling at the moment, but I recognise that our happiness is often dependent on external factors. If we experience something "nice" we feel happy, but as soon as something goes wrong, then we feel depressed. The bible reflects on happiness in a few places,
"To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind." - Ecclesiastes 2:26
"Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’" - Matthew 25:23
The poem reminds me that if pursuing happiness is my only goal, then it will probably elude me. However, if I love others and seek to do good, then happiness will 'sit softly' on my shoulder.
Worth thinking about....
Prayer Focus: Give thanks to God for all the people in your life who bring a smile to your face.
Living in Grace
P.S. I read this poem in Trevor Hudson's book "The Serenity Prayer."