Maxie’s Weekly Word

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 | By Maxie Dunnam
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MEANING NOT HAPPINESS

Our nation rightfully prides itself in insisting that all citizens have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

I’m for happiness…but I sometimes think we overdo the thought. In fact, we may be happy but still live a barren, trivial life.

I know happy people whose lives are devoid of meaning. I know successful people whose lives are empty. I know people who look good but are not doing good. We may be happy but still lack significance and meaning.

We need meaning more than we need happiness.  Meaning comes from getting out of ourselves and being sensitive to the needs of others, committing ourselves to causes greater than we are, knowing that we do not live by bread alone, but by spiritual connections with God and others, believing and acting on the conviction others deserve the same opportunities we have. In a word, meaning comes when we make life matter not only for ourselves, but for others.

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