ON THE JOURNEY

MICHAEL DUVAL, LEAD PASTOR

Jim Denison writes:  “A recent General Social Survey shows that just 14 percent of American adults say they’re very happy, down from 31 percent who said the same two years ago.  That year, 23 percent said they had often or sometimes felt isolated in recent weeks.  Now, 50 percent say that.

 

In total, fewer Americans are likely to call themselves happy than at any point since the survey began in 1972.  The study aligns with research analyzing words on Twitter, which reported that Americans’ happiness in recent weeks was the lowest ever recorded.

 

According to a new report by the American Psychological Association, more than 70 percent of Americans say this is the lowest point in US history they can remember.  And the percentage of Americans who are ‘extremely proud’ of their country has fallen to 21 percent, the lowest since Gallup began measuring this sentiment in 2001.”

 

We live in a time when many people feel so stressed.  We live in a time when many people are hurting and struggling and trying to find meaning and purpose in life.  We live in a time when many people are doing some soul-searching.

 

Anna Quindlen writes: “There are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living.  But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life.  Your particular life.  Your entire life.  Not just your life at a desk, or your life on the bus, or in the car, or at the computer.  Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart.  Not just your bank account, but your soul” (A Short Guide to a Happy Life, quoted by James Clear).

 

In this time, what is God trying to say to your heart?  In this time, what is God trying to say to your soul?

 

Happy is the person who can hold up under the trials of life.  At the right time, he’ll know God’s sweet approval and will be crowned with life.  As God has promised, the crown awaits all who love Him.  James 1:12 (VOICE)


-Michael