Chasing Happiness

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A puppy once said to an older dog: "After some study, I have mastered philosophy. I have learned that happiness for a dog is in his tail. Therefore I chase my tail. And when I catch it, I shall have happiness!"

Upon hearing the puppy, the older dog said, "I too find happiness in my tail. I've noticed, however, that as I chase my tail, it runs from me. But when I go about my business, my tail follows me."

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Don't we all know that puppy's logic? We chase happiness only to find ourselves going in circles. But in following a purpose, duty, or responsibility beyond ourselves, we turn and see that happiness follows us—in the high calling of our daily work.

In his pride the wicked does not seek him;
in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
His ways are always prosperous;
he is haughty and your laws are far from him;
he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, "Nothing will shake me;
I'll always be happy and never have trouble."

(Ps. 10:4-6)

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