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The Idol of Happiness

Josie McCarthy

Jan 21, 2024

Bottom Line

Jesus-shaped love makes a life worth living.

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3 things wrong with chasing the idol of happiness

  1. Our happiness can conflict with someone else’s happiness
  2. We are often not good at predicting what makes us happy
  3. Even if we do find what makes us happy, it often doesn’t lead to lasting fulfillment
Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I’d toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun
Ecclesiastes 2:11

Bottom Line

Jesus-shaped love makes a life worth living.

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Ephesians 5:1-2




A new command I give to you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
John 13:34-35
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay our lives down for one another
1 John 3:16
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
John 15:13

“When Jesus says I have come to give you life more abundantly, He’s not talking about a life of comfort, He’s talking about a life of meaning. He’s calling us to the challenge of following Him, a challenge so purposeful and hopeful that suffering for His sake becomes a reward.”
—Donald Miller

Action Steps

  1. How is God inviting you to live a more fulfilled life?
  2. Sacrifice your pursuit of happiness to bless someone else this week.