What makes you happy?

What we're talking about this week

Have you ever seen something new and cool that you really wanted? You thought about it and worked hard to save up to buy it, thinking, “When I get this, I’m going to be so happy.” Then you finally got it, and you were happy…for a little while. Until the next the new thing caught your eye and the cycle started all over again. The truth is, while our things can be great, they aren’t really going to make us happy. And even though we think we know what will make us happy, we realize pretty quickly once we get it that we don’t actually know at all. All we really know is this: we just want to be happy. And believe it or not, Jesus wants us to be happy, too! Because of that, He lays out for us in the Bible exactly what it is that will truly make us happy. And as we look at His greatest commandment, we’ll see that it’s not the things but the people in our lives who will give us lasting happiness.

Questions for Conversation at Home

  • Why do you think our things can't keep us happy for very long?
  • Who are the people who have made your life happier?
  • What's one example of how our things can come between us and the people we love?