By: Elder David Leong
From the pen of Jim Houston, founding principal of Regent College:
It is the mark of a truly human, and truly happy, life that we are ultimately contented in God alone. ‘I have learned,’ said Paul, ‘in whatever state I am, to be content.’ Paul had found all the resources for living, all the things that attracted him, all the relationships that mattered in God alone. ‘I have learnt the secret of being content,’ he admitted, ‘in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.’ Then he explained how he had found this incredible contentment: ‘I can do all things through him who gives me strength.’
For all of us, happiness is the result of everything we have experienced and possessed in life. It is in a sense that balance sheet of our human existence, the closing of the accounts. A happy life is a good life, the mark of integrity (or wholeness). But without contentment and happiness in God, it can be intepreted as a complacent, even smug, life.
Blaise Pascal has the last word:
Happiness is neither outside or inside us,
It is in God, both outside and inside us.
Truly, if we desire happiness or joy in life then nothing short of delighting in God can we expect true happiness. Are we in God – both outside and inside of us?