Can happiness be found in an electronic gadget?
[Darris McNeely] So I’ve got my latest iPhone here. No, wait a minute. It’s not the latest iPhone. Just a few months after I bought this iPhone, the next one came out, and then another one. You know, the gadget game is one that when you get into, there’s always going to be something newer even after you’ve spent hundreds of dollars on what is, you think at that moment the latest. I was reading an article about Apple computer, and recently people have been complaining that Apple hasn’t come out with anything in recent years, or recent months that’s new and a whole game changer when it comes to electronics. And the article is saying it’s as if people want Apple to unveil a happiness device, and otherwise they won’t be happy until it does, which raised the question do things make us happy?
[Steve Myers] There’s always the latest, the greatest, the next thing. Same thing with computers, whatever it may be. Buy one and it seems the day you walk out of the store it’s already obsolete. The next one is coming. And so if that’s what makes us happy, then there’s always something else just beyond our reach that we can never quite get to.
[Darris McNeely] I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a gadget freak and I do like new gadgets. And I am sold on Apple and I usually buy, try to buy the latest that I can or keep up fairly current with their products. But it’s also caused me over the years to step back and realize, hey, these things don’t really make me completely happy. I enjoy them and they make life very convenient in many ways, but happiness deep down, that’s another issue.
[Steve Myers] Absolutely, and Jesus Christ Himself taught that very things. Now He didn’t mention iPhones, but over in Luke 12:23 He said, “Life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.” And you could substitute iPhones or computers or gadgets or videogames or whatever it might be. Those things do not make life happier. We can get some enjoyment out of them, that sort of thing. But if we’re counting on them to make us happy, Christ says we’ve got our priorities out of line.
[Darris McNeely] A good way to look at what Christ said in this statement is to ask yourself the question, how many things do you need to be happy? That’s probably the most important question to answer, and then you will know what and where true happiness comes from.
[Steve Myers] Absolutely. In fact He concludes, “Seek the Kingdom of God.” Seek the Kingdom of God because that’s really where the true happiness lies - in a spiritual relationship with God.
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