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The Problem of Happiness

Rachel Chimits
May 21, 2019

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy, and at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11 ESV).

In her 2011 book, Ellen DeGeneres said, "…the key to happiness is being happy by yourself and for yourself. Happiness comes from within. You have the power to change your own mindset so that all the negative, horrible thoughts that try to invade your psyche are replaced with happy, positive, wonderful thoughts."

This advice sounds very catchy and pleasant. In some limited ways, it’s correct; we do have control over our reactions to bad circumstances. We come up against the limits of positive thinking rather quickly, however.

Miracles Only Love Could Bring

Gary Wilkerson
November 14, 2016

Gospel Impact through Special Needs Ministries

In a country in Central Asia, a center for young adults buzzes with joyful activity. 15 young men and women are occupied in productive crafts—sewing, making jewelry, repairing electronics. One cuts hair and does manicures. Some have found vocations, earning diplomas outside the center—in massage therapy, cooking and wood-burning.

It’s all a miracle—because these are young people with special needs. Born with disabilities, they were unwanted and abandoned to orphanages. As they grew older, they were deemed “idiots” with no future. Their fate was to be sent to an adult institution at age 17, where life expectancy is tragically short.