By Chaplain (Maj.) Keith Ferrell
Special to GUIDON
Aside from love, happiness as a thought has been written, sung or contemplated more than any other idea.
Unfortunately, it’s also a dream for so many who chase after it as if happiness were a butterfly or lost dog.
By definition, happiness is a state of well-being or contentment encompassing living a good life. The only issue with that verbiage is who exactly defines living a good life?
Over the millennia many have tried to peddle the key to happiness though beauty, wealth, power, athletic prowess, what you wear or what you drive and so many other material or immaterial concepts.
Each one is tied to creating an identity that in turn is supposed to boost self-esteem and worth. It’s in our identity that they claim will control our outlook and therefore our ability to attain happiness.
In some aspects this is nothing more than modern commercialism, but within there lies a fundamental truth.
Our identity will determine our level of happiness and joy but not by the type of car we drive, what we wear or what rank we have in life.
True happiness and joy can only come from a personal relationship with our creator, God, and our identity in him.
Throughout the Bible, we are reminded that it is in the image of a holy God that we were created, that we were known before the foundation of time and that we have been woven by the hand of God.
Our existence, in whatever state that may be, is beautiful in the eyes of the father.
The richest reminder of who we are can be found in Ephesians 1:3-13.
Throughout this powerful letter to the church, we are encouraged that, in God, we have new life, a new path and a promise for eternity.
Take a few moments today to read the words of that text and remember that happiness begins in faith.
(Editor’s note: Ferrell is the 14th Military Police Brigade chaplain.)