Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

The American Dream

“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.”

Thomas Jefferson

That is the American dream, is it not? To have a meaningful life, to be free from oppression, and work hard to achieve happiness (whatever someone’s definition of that may be) can seem impossible. People may work their whole lives, believing that one day, they will have it all. The family, the house, the dream car. I would like to say that those things are good, but there is so much more to this life… something that will not fade.

Treasures

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

How do we store up treasures in heaven? By obeying Christ. He calls us to love God above all, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. This means we are willing to serve them, share the hope that we have, and love them with words and actions.

The Lost

There are so many lost people out there. Maybe you are one of them. You may be living to please yourself, or pursuing wealth, or unwilling to face the sins you’ve committed. We’ve all sinned, and that separates us from God. Whether you admit it or not, we all need God. He is the great creator. He made the earth we live in, and you and I. He loves us more than we can imagine. What He asks is that we put our faith in Him, and believe that His son Jesus Christ was crucified for our sins, and rose from the dead… so that we may have eternal life with Him in heaven.

Purpose

As a servant of Christ, I live to honor Him. I share my eternal hope with the people I meet, build friendships with, and work with. One day all the money I worked for will be gone, or may go to someone else. The business I want to start may not be successful. But since my treasure is in heaven, everything will turn out wonderfully in the end! For at the end of my life here, I know the best is yet to come.

Thank you for reading this post! I am praying for everyone that reads this, that God may reveal Himself to you in a new way, that you will know the grace and peace He gives, and that your life will be changed for the better. Let me know if I can pray for you, point you to scripture, or listen to your story!

In Christ,

Ariel

Thomas Jefferson Quote http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/thomasjeff157212.html

Matthew 6:19-21 http://biblehub.com/niv/matthew/6.htm 

Why Me?

Age Old Question

We have all asked the question “Why me?”. Why did a loved one have to die, why do we struggle with our health, why is our job so hard… the list goes on.

I had a “Why me?” moment the other day. I realized it doesn’t really matter what the issue was, the actual problem was that I was frustrated that God would continue to allow some things to happen in my life, things I am so tired of. It just didn’t seem fair.

Where did our definition of “fair” come from? From comparing our lives to others we deem more ideal? Maybe we think we deserve better…

If Life Were Fair…

If life were fair, I wouldn’t be here.  Fair would be me paying for my own sins; I would deserve the suffering I’m feeling. Our loving God did not settle for being “fair” as far as we are concerned. God decided to show the ultimate love toward us, by sending His very son to die for our sins. And then His Son conquered death and sin by rising from the grave! Now, if we put our faith in Jesus as our Savior, our souls get to live forever with Him when our bodies pass away.

Even Jesus had a “Why me?” moment:

“He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Now that is a real reason to ask,”Why me?”, but Jesus decided that God’s will was more important than His… so Jesus willingly laid down His life, so that we may gain ours. He trusted that God was in control, that everything that would happen would bring glory to God, and that His sacrifice would pave the way for us sinners to be reconciled to our God.

Hope for the Future

I will praise God, for He has been so gracious to me! He has given me the gift of eternal life through His Son, love that never fails, and purpose. Will my current trial be resolved? I hope so. But either way, I am trusting God to give me the perseverance, joy, and hope I need to be an over-comer… and to live my life for His glory.