Today’s scripture: Luke 16: 19-31
We live in a world that caters to self-focus & says this is the highway to happiness. In Jesus’ parable about the rich man & Lazarus, we see how true happiness & fulfillment comes through our caring for others in ways that brings joy to them & us.
“A persistent question in our lives is “What makes us happy?” Research shows some 40% of our happiness is in our power to change how we act and think.
We come to church because we’re seeking something deeper & meaningful. We want the joy that comes from learning to express gratitude and investing not just in ourselves, but in what matters to God.
Faith helps us to focus our attention so we are not just self-absorbed but can see & notice the hurting & troubled neighbor. Faith helps us to notice a desperate need staring us in face. Some of our greatest joys in life will come from serving God by giving of ourselves.