I heard this statement recently . . .

Happiness pursued eludes, happiness given returns.

I thought about it and came to the conclusion that whoever wrote that had a Biblical understanding of life. You see the Bible tells us that Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost, Luke 19:10. It tells us that Jesus humbled Himself, washing the feet of His disciples and showing true humility, John 13:1-17. Everything about the life of Jesus was about giving to others.

In our culture we have become convinced that everything about life is about making us happy and satisfied. Many people even have come to the place of seeing God as the one who is supposed to make them happy. They allow their happiness meter to move depending on what God and others do for them. Yet the sad truth is this, they never find happiness.

The fact is, only as we seek to serve others will we be like Jesus and find happiness multiplying in our lives.

I challenge you to live not for yourself but to live for the Lord and others.

I would remind those of us who live in VA that tomorrow is Election Day. For some of us it’s a primary for Governor, others are voting for sheriff and other officers in the City of Lynchburg. Take the time and go vote.

With all that’s happening in Washington D.C. I thought you might find this story funny.

The shipwrecked sailor spent several years on a deserted island. Then one morning he was thrilled to see a ship offshore and a smaller vessel pulling out toward him.

When the boat grounded on the beach, the officer in charge handed the marooned sailor a bundle of newspapers and told him, “With the captain’s compliments. He said to read through these and let us know if you still want to be rescued.”

Anybody ready to be lost on a deserted island?


Pastor Carl