“All men seek happiness. This is without exception.” - Blaise Pascal
We long for happiness, strive to achieve happiness, and struggle to maintain happiness. In the US Declaration of Independence, the founding fathers of our nation described several basic human rights that we have been given by our Creator. Here’s how they described the human condition: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The pursuit of happiness is built into the DNA of the human experience and the fabric of American society.
And yet, in today’s America, with all of our entertainment options, medical advances, and self-help guides, happiness seems to be as illusive as ever. In fact, studies show that the increased busyness of modern culture and widespread use of social media has led to an increase in unhappiness. Most people today sense that they are not experiencing the joy and peace that we created to experience. So, this state of affairs begs the question: why the large disconnect between our desire for happiness and our actual condition? And what is the solution to this problem?
Through this series, we learn why we desire to be happy, why this world consistently fails to satisfy our deepest longings, and how God can lead us into true and lasting joy.