Saturday, June 14, 2014

More Than Happiness

Very often I hear parents say that they just want their children to be happy.  I am not one of those people.  Don't get me wrong; being happy can be a great thing, but it's not what I want most for our daughter.  I just want our daughter to be doing whatever God calls her to do.  This will in turn lead to a greater happiness, but it is NOT to be our primary goal.  Man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, not to glorify ourselves.  The notion that happiness is or should be our goal is faulty because with happiness as the goal for our children, more often than not, there is a great deal of unhappiness because we have over protected and spoiled them leading to dissatisfaction and boredom because that kind of happiness is transient.  This worship of our children's happiness has greatly contributed to a nation of self-entitled "kidults" who cannot support themselves or contribute anything of significance to their community.  It seems as those adults are currently an endangered species.  Oh, there are adults out there, but they are increasingly not the norm. Oddly enough, those adults who are happiest are those who work the hardest.  This subject is something I hope to explore in depth in the future.