I’ve got this song stuck in my head that I can’t get out. I’ve been humming and whistling it all day long and I can’t help but smile as my mind subconsciously hits replay over and over again. Why not, it’s a lighthearted happy song that invokes wistful images of sunny skies and beautiful tropical beaches. It’s a song you might even catch yourself skipping to a bit if your day is going well. What is it; well I’d tell you the name, but then you would blame me for getting it stuck in your head too. It just that kind of song.
Have you ever noticed that happiness is infectious, contagious even? Everyone wants to be happy. It seems to be in our DNA. So much so that people do all kinds of things in pursuit of it. They take exotic vacations, buy new homes and cars, splurge on clothes and jewelry, and many other things. But often people just end up disheartened and dispirited when they realize that money and possessions can’t buy happiness nor love, to quote another famous song.
The constant pursuit of happiness and pleasure through material things often leaves people frustrated, exhausted, stressed out, anxious and depressed. But there are numerous other things that create anxiety and stress that have nothing to do with the pursuit of pleasure. Real life everyday things like work, family, relationships, health, safety and a myriad of other stuff that can introduce angst and strife into our daily life.
How do we deal with it? Search the Internet and you will find an endless supply of theories. But often the answer is with medication. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 1 in 6 Americans take antidepressants or sedatives and research has shown that 15.5 million Americans have been taking those medications for at least five years. The Center for Disease Control stated that three decades ago, less than 1 in 50 people took antidepressant medication. So, based on that statistics alone it would be hard to argue that medication alone will ever solve the problem.
So then, what is the answer? What’s the cure for worry and anxiety? I could quote the words of the song that I have stuck in my head, but we all know that won’t work. What is it about life that weighs us down and creates anxiety and worry? What is it that robs our happiness and steals our joy? And more importantly, how can we overcome it and live a life of peace and happiness. A life filled with joy, satisfaction, fulfillment and contentment.
Join us on Sunday for an in-depth study of Luke 12:22-34 and find out what Jesus has to say about this very important topic. We’ll also hear a few words of wisdom from the Apostle Paul as well.
Until then; don’t worry, be happy…oops, now you’re infected too. Oh well, might as well sing along with me. And remember, in every life we have some trouble, but when we worry, we make it double.
Seriously, I hope you will join us for this timely study on a topic of great importance in our society today.
If you are unable to join us in person for this study, please feel free to download the Bible study materials for your personal use by following one of these links: PowerPoint Slides, PDF File. For more information about this Bible study series please see Doubtless Living: The Gospel of Luke.