Happy, Happy, Happy

John Ortberg wrote… “When you buy your kid a Happy Meal, you’re not just buying fries, McNuggets, and a toy; you’re buying happiness. Their advertisements have convinced my children they have a little McDonald-shaped vacuum in their souls: “Our hearts are restless till they find their rest in a Happy Meal.” The problem with the Happy Meal is that the happy wears off, and they need a new fix. In the end, Happy Meals bring happiness only to McDonalds. You ever wonder why Ronald McDonald wears that grin? Twenty billion Happy Meals, that’s why. Ortberg concludes by saying, “When you get older, you don’t get any smarter; your happy meals just get more expensive.” [Taken from the article Happy Meal Spirituality, Christianity Today, May 1993]

So what’s the last “Happy Meal” you bought for yourself? A car? Some clothes? A house? Some jewelry? A toy? A burger n’ fries? How long did it last? No matter how hard we try, or how much we spend, as long as we live with a “happy meal” mentality, happiness will elude us. There is a better way. To paraphrase a quote by St. Augustine: “Our hearts are restless till they find rest in thee.” Or as David said it, “My soul finds rest in God alone…” (Psalm 62:1)

Take a moment today to think about your next “Happy Meal”. Instead of pursuing one more thing, one more possession, one more acquisition … instead of striving for bigger numbers or better money or more acclaim directed your way … spend a few minutes alone with the God who loves you, and let His presence in your life satisfy you .Or, as Jesus put it, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)

What Jesus said makes perfect sense because, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) So what will it be a happy meal or a happy life? And by the way the same is true for the church.


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