How to Buy Happiness

If you think “money can’t buy you happiness,” maybe you are not spending your money on the right stuff.  The other day, I had the unique privilege of giving a check to a woman in great need.  The monies had been pooled partly from a little Thursday morning Bible study group I participate in and partly from the church benevolence fund, which is nurtured by Sunday offerings. Several weeks ago the book our group was studying challenged us to consider giving to someone we knew who had a financial need.  Several people in our group offered money and asked me to present the total gift. When I handed our friend the card and enclosed check, tears streamed down her cheeks. She said, “I had no idea how I was going to pay my bill.”

We often say, “Money can’t buy you happiness,” but I’m not sure that’s entirely true. I was filled with joy when I witnessed the woman’s heart be blessed and her financial burden eased. I felt so happy. I wanted everyone from the Bible study group and everyone who had given to last Sunday’s offering to be there to experience the gratitude and joy of a thankful recipient. Maybe money can buy us happiness, if we spend it on the right stuff. (For more on this idea, see Michael Norton TED talk on “How to Buy Happiness”)

Our God is exceedingly generous.  2 Corinthians 8:9 — “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”

Because God is generous towards us, we can extend similar generosity, free of fear and full of the hope of eternity, when God will wipe every tear and financial worries will be no more. Who can you go bless today?

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