I heard this phrase this morning and it got me thinking.
"Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence. The phrase gives three examples of the inalienable rights which the Declaration says have been given to all men by their creator, and which governments are created to protect.
(I find that is not the case in the world we live in anywhere in the world!)
The foundations of these truths were indelibly shaped by the Bible, whether you believe it to be true or not.
• Creator: It was the Bible that gave our founders their general consensus of Judeo-Christian monotheism (Deuteronomy 6:4).
• All Men: It was the Bible that gave them such a strong sense of the importance of the individual — every individual (Isaiah 45:23, Philippians 2:10).
• Life: It was the Bible that taught them the sacredness of human life (Leviticus 24:17, Psalm 139:13–16).
• Liberty: It was the Bible that ingrained in them deeply the emancipatory theme of “liberty for the captives” (Luke 4:18) that runs through the whole of redemptive history.
• Pursuit of Happiness: And it was the Bible that taught them that the ultimate pursuit of an individual’s life is to find joy (Psalm 16:11, Psalm 37:4, Psalm 73:25–26, Matthew 13:44, John 10:10, John 15:11, Philippians 1:21, Philippians 3:8).
What does happiness mean to you?
Happiness is subjective. The things that cause one to be happy are also subjective. It’s up to you to find out what makes you happy, whether it’s getting a dream job, finding love or picking up a hobby.
Here’s a list of things you may like to introduce into your life to bring some happiness into it.