I ate lunch at a Chinese restaurant today, and like just about everybody, I peaked at the little saying in the fortune cookie. They usually aren't anything to write home about, but today's struck a chord.
Today's saying said something like - Stop searching for happiness. It is right next to you.
Simple enough. But what makes people happy? What makes me happy?
The Giants winning the World Series would be nice. That would bring some joy. Or maybe someone that I vote for getting over 1 percent too.
But would either of those things make me really happy? It wouldn't hurt, but probably not. Both of those things could happen, and outside the few fleeting moments, I could be miserable.
True happiness is doing the will of God. It takes some of us longer than others to discover that, and then to remember it daily. God wills that each of us be happy in him, and freely choose him again each day. But that is our free choice. We can always say no.
It may not be easy, but each of us can be happy. Sure, there will be sadness and disappointment in every one's life. But by daily doing the will of God and following him, there will always be someone there to bring true happiness to us - even in the most difficult times.
And that's way more important than something in a fortune cookie. You can take that to the bank.