Saturday, June 06, 2009
This morning on the SP front page, Leigh Hunt is quoted as saying, "The groundwork of all happiness is good health." I don't agree.
Good health is an important component of happiness but it is not the ground of it. In fact, if one gets the "ground" right, one can still be happy in a state of ill health. The true ground of happiness is peace with God.
Psalm 16:11 says, "You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." And 1 Timothy 4:7-10, "Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe."
Hoping in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, is the true groundwork of happiness for "in his presence there is fullness of joy"--in sickness and in health.