The Chronicle

Journey of who we are in Jesus

- Denny Edwards, social worker

BEING happy is better than being not happy! This thought reminds us of those questions like “Are you OK? Are you OK and/or are you happy?” It is a question that is not asked directly in the New Testament. In fact, Jesus doesn’t talk about being happy, but it’s an emotion that’s experience­d by many of those that had contact with Him.

Take Zaccheaus, he would have been happy when Jesus acknowledg­ed him and helped him move from a taker (tax collector) to a giver, through his generosity to others. Then, there was the prostitute who Jesus befriended and instilled in her self-worth.

No doubt Jesus wanted these two and others he encountere­d to be happy because of his acceptance of them and how he helps them when many chose not to.

And yet, the happiness of mankind has never been the goal of Jesus nor His Father. It’s great when it happens, but there are no guarantees (lockdown or no lockdown!) Being happy and/or unhappy continues only to be a by product of a deliberate and passionate journey to be grateful in who we are in Jesus and to share that relationsh­ip through generosity and gratitude towards others.

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