By Tom Quiner
The man who imagined “there’s no heaven” didn’t understand happiness.
That catchphrase invoked by John Lennon above, that happiness is the key to life, is backwards. Rather, LIFE is the key to happiness.
Life is a gift, after all, a beautiful gift from our Heavenly Father. The essence of happiness is gratitude. This suggests that true happiness is only found in God. So I’m not sure John Lennon really understood life either.
His iconic song, “Imagine,” longs for no heaven and no religion. And yet it is religion, specifically Christ’s Church, that is the living, breathing embodiment of Christ on earth.
The Christian religion isn’t the enemy of happiness, it is its source.
The word “life” is all about giving. God gave each of us the gift of our life. We in turn give our life back to God by sharing our gifts with each other. It is this relentless giving of ourselves that produces such abundant fruit, which nourishes happiness in us.
Perhaps no fruit is more nourishing than charity, a giving of our time and talent to our families and our communities.
Look at it this way: takers in life are self-centered. They become blinded to the beauty glowing in others, because their gaze is inward. Their life becomes small. The less life in a person, the less happiness
Givers, on the other hand, are other-focused. They become dazzled by the beauty glowing in others. To givers, each person they meet presents them with an opportunity to become even happier by simply giving more of themselves. The life in them grows and they overflow with happiness.
Life is the key to happiness. Let us thank God for His priceless gift to each of us. Then let us go and share it with the world.