This “story of the rich fool” (Luke 12:13-31) challenges us to shift our mindsets. Rather than routinely asking ourselves: “What are all the things I could do and change in order to make myself happier?” this gospel frees us to not work so hard to make it happen.
Rather than storing up in order to become merry later, the gospel frees us to live abundantly and joyfully now. Because our God is in the business of bringing love and joy to people in the midst of ordinary life, we get to trust that happiness already is. It’s something we get to participate in, to pay attention to, to relish in today more than reserve for tomorrow.
This message is an excerpt from “Settling toward happiness” by Sarah Rohde, in the April 2012 issue of Café magazine.
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