|The Pursuit of Happiness|
In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson said: "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." He did not say that we were endowed by our Creator with the rights to "Life, Liberty and Happiness," but with the rights to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." He understood that no one—including a national government—could guarantee happiness. The best you can do is guarantee a right to pursue happiness.
Happiness on Planet Earth is, for most people, a fleeting experience. Hard to find. Harder to keep.
The Bible says there are some people who found it, and kept it: the Apostle Paul and the church in Philippi. Paul's letter to the Philippians is considered the New Testament's book of joy, containing the word "joy" in its various forms 16 times in just 4 chapters, and making the climactic declaration in chapter 4, verse 4: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
True and lasting joy can be found in the Lord.