I believe God wants us to be happy. I believe God gave us this yearning for happiness that constantly preoccupies our hearts. It seems he has placed this yearning within each human heart as a spiritual navigational instrument designed to lead us to our destiny, God himself is the author of our desire for happiness.
The modern search for happiness is governed by individualism, hedonism, minimalism, and their fruits: greed, lust, laziness, gluttony, selfishness, exploitation, and deception. And yet, as these philosophies become more and more the focus of modern lifestyles, people seem to be filled with a greater discontent and unhappiness with every passing day.
As a father who takes a sincere and active interest in the lives of his children, God sent his only Son to respond to humanity's yearning for happiness, and to teachus how to satisfy that yearning. God sent his Son into the world to reconcile us with himself, certainly, but he also sent Jesus to show us how to live.
The philosophy of Christ is the ultimate philosophy of human happiness, It isn't just a way of life; it is the way of life. At the same time, the philosophy of Christ is one of self-donation. This is the great paradox of God's teaching. In our misguided adventures, we may catch glimpses of happiness as we live outside the philosophy of Christ. You may even taste happiness for a moment living a life contrary to the philosophy of Christ, but these are stolen moments. They are just shadows of something infinitely greater.
Where do I look for happiness in life? How much of my search is directed toward what Gd has to give, and how much id directed toward what the world has to give? Does the balance need to shift?
God of hope, I look to you with and open heart and yearning spirit, During this Advent season, I will keep alert and awake, listening for your word and keeping your precepts. My hope is in you, as I wait to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
(Matthew Kelly, Rediscover Advent)