Pursuit of Happiness

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.–1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

The Main Thing: Our Fathers desire is that we find true joy & happiness in His son, Jesus so that thankfulness and gratitude never ends.

Intro: Course Corrections

1.  Dealing with Disappointment

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’–Luke 13:6-9 (NIV)

2.  Habits of Wholeness

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.–Psalm 42:11 (NIV)

He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.–Psalm 23:3 (NIV)

3.  Genuine Gratitude

…Be filled with the Spirit…always giving thanks to God for everything…–Ephesians 5:18-20 (NIV)

Definition of Gratitude:
“The quality of being thankful, readiness to show appreciation and to return kindness”