Read Mark 9:33-37. I wonder if King Charles III Coronation made him happy. Certainly, it was good to see him, Queen Camilla and other members of the Royal Family smiling as they returned to Buckingham Palace after the Service.
Jesus says that true happiness comes from loving God and loving others, and by giving our lives away by serving them. In many ways, it’s amazing his disciples were arguing on the journey through Galilee to Capernaum about who was the greatest. Only a few days before, Jesus had told them:
Mark 8:35 LBP
If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live.
The abundant and full life Jesus longs to give us – the happy life – comes from serving and giving. Jesus promises that the more you give yourself away to others, the more blessings God gives you in return.
To be happy, we must practice serving and generosity every day. If we are not moving forward in this way, then we will be going backwards. There is no standing still when it comes to serving and giving! Are you more generous to others than you were this time last year? Are you serving others more than you were this time twelve months ago?
Jesus calls us to sacrifice and to serve God by serving others. Look for ways to do that today and you will find the happiness you crave.
Think It Over
Think about the following:
- What makes you happy?
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