In a discussion here about life choices, a commenter recently related that she wants to show her children “that there are many happy ways to live life”.
But is ‘happy’ the goal?
If Thou shouldst give me choice to live in pleasure and keep my sins, or to have them burnt away with trial, give me sanctified affliction. ~ Valley of Vision
May God grant that today’s Christians will be willing to reject the world’s message of ‘happiness’ as the standard of conduct and embrace God’s command to deny ourselves, pick up our cross and follow Him.