PASTOR'S PEN: Seeking happiness

Associate Pastor Ron Witbeck, Resurrection Life Church Big Rapids

Associate Pastor Ron Witbeck, Resurrection Life Church Big Rapids

Courtesy photo/Ron Witbeck

When ‘Seeking Happiness,’ every individual can come up with a variety of solutions!

To some it may be making more money, which can cost them the selling of their precious time on something they may never have enough of! Some may be looking for happiness in material things such as automobiles, homes or maybe a yacht, when a fishing boat would do just fine.

Instead of a boat, I can remember taking some of Dad’s cedar fence posts, then using some bent abandoned nails and any boards we could find connecting them all together to make a raft. With the aid of a long pole, we would cruise the waters of our swamp exploring every shore. We found happiness while growing up on a farm, even with all of the work it held for us; we made time to explore the many adventures and mysteries contained within our own world as it was! 

Taking a look at some of the rich and famous, we may ask ‘have they found happiness?’  

For example, Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, he controls the entire country of Russia yet to him it’s not enough. He’s now destroying a neighboring country along with many of those living in it, not considering the actual cost of the Ukraines’ lives and the destruction of their country, only in order to satisfy his own desires!

We will personally, in all probability, never consider invading another country. While ‘Seeking Happiness,’ let’s consider the effects we can have on those closest to us by not giving them the love and time they need.

There is an old pop song called, “Cats in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin, in the second verse it says: 

“When you coming home, dad?" 
"I don't know when,
"But we'll get together then,
"You know we'll have a good time then.”

If we are not careful, liken to the song, that ‘then’ will never happen! There is never a substitute for time spent with loved ones or close friends. While raising a family, our children will grow up with or without us; in the blink of an eye, they are out on their own. Friends can while ‘Seeking Happiness’ leave us by moving away. 

James 4:14 tells us:

“Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

While ‘Seeking Happiness,’ consider the effects on others in our lives; material things can be replaced!

— Ron Witbeck is an associate pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids.