Reflecting upon the meaning of life, the wise old King Solomon wrote, "I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live." Being happy and doing good are not mutually exclusive. In fact, the countless who count themselves blessed (happy) agree with Solomon.
Doing good, one demonstrates his love for God and for his fellow man. In serving God and promoting the best interests of others, one is less consumed with his own problems, needs, wants and desires. He finds satisfaction and happiness in helping others. Life takes on meaning for him. He proves true the words of the Lord, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."
God wants you to be happy. The Lord instructs His followers on the subject of happiness in His famous Sermon On The Mount. His words run contrary to much of what is passed off as wisdom today. Christianity is a paradox. One dies in order to live. One gives all in service to God and in promoting the best interests of others and finds that in his giving he has become rich, really rich. Solomon was right, "there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live."
• Dr. Ken Haskins is the pastor of and member of the First Christian Church Carson City Christian Ministerial Fellowship.