want to be happy?

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that
commands your thoughts, liberates your 
energy, and inspires your hopes.”

– Andrew Carnegie

I was reminded of some familiar words this morning as I read this quote from Andrew Carnegie.  I think he might have come to this thought from the words of Jesus below.

I never get tired talking about happiness.  Not giggly happiness but a contentment to focus on understanding life’s issues that are not about us.

5:1 – When Jesus saw the vast crowds he went up the hill-side and after he had sat down his disciples came to him.

5:2-12 – Then he began his teaching by saying to them, “How happy are those who know their need for God, for the kingdom of Heaven is theirs! “How happy are those who know what sorrow means for they will be given courage and comfort! “Happy are those who claim nothing, for the whole earth will belong to them! “Happy are those who are hungry and thirsty for goodness, for they will be fully satisfied! “Happy are the merciful, for they will have mercy shown to them! “Happy are the utterly sincere, for they will see God! “Happy are those who make peace, for they will be sons of God! “Happy are those who have suffered persecution for the cause of goodness, for the kingdom of Heaven is theirs! “And what happiness will be yours when people blame you and ill-treat you and say all kinds of slanderous things against you for my sake! Be glad then, yes, be tremendously glad – for your reward in Heaven is magnificent. They persecuted the prophets before your time in exactly the same way.