God's Blueprint for Happiness (5 of 11) by Zach Terry

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God's Blueprint for Happiness (5 of 11)
Series: Ecclesiastes
Zach Terry
Ecclesiastes 5:10-6:12

INTRODUCTION: Sequestration - Our local economy is experiencing the effects of the recent sequester. How many of you had a day off this week due to sequestration? Well as I've followed the updates on Social Media, I'm not so sure it was a, ''Day off''. I'm beginning to think some of the wives of our area were working with the Obama administration to get some things done around the house. However, wrapped up in this unasked for, ''time off'' many of you are finding that you do have good things to do with your time. You are catching up around the house, you are spending time with your kids, and I want to suggest to you that you give yourself time to, ''THINK DEEPLY'' about life.

Solomon was King over Israel and one of the luxuries of being King was that he had time to process and ponder things. Today we are going to see what he discovered when he turned his attention to that basic human desire for happiness.

An Englishman once said of Americans
''The trouble with you Americans is you have to be confoundedly happy all the time. You have dedicated yourself to the pursuit of happiness. You boast about it as an inalienable right as though happiness was the supreme and absolute goal of all existence. Surely there are more important things in life than being happy.

I remember early in my Christian walk I had the idea that happiness and holiness were incompatible.
ILLUSTRATION: A schoolchild that was asked what God was like said, ''As far as I can make out, God is the kind of person that is always snooping around to see if anyone is enjoying himself so that he can put a stop to it.''

That was my view of God, and that the view of God that some of you have. God is sort of a cosmic kill joy, a divine downer, a sovereign sourpuss.

I remember soon after my conversion hanging out with some friends, laughing, joking around, having fun... then leaving and pray ...

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