I devoted all of my energy laboring
to gamer much silver and gold,
For this would make me happy,
or so I was told.
While neglecting the things that matter the most,
I pressed on, so that in my riches, I could boast.
But when no lasting happiness came along with the gold,
I learned it was all a lie that I had been told.
The approval and praise of others
was then what I sought,
For this would surely make me happy,
or at least, that was what I thought.
So I did all that others wanted me to do,
and soon learned this was a futile means, too.
For it seemed that no matter whatever was done,
It was never good enough to get the approval of some.
If others dictate how I think and behave,
I reduce myself to being their slave.
While this may make others happy indeed,
It was an additional pressure that I didnít need.
My internal sadness was destroying me like a cancer,
From where or from whom was I to find the right answer?
Like Solomon, I found worldly happiness to be nothing but vanity,
and my exhausting search for it was inviting insanity.
I now know that happiness is not from without or me within,
but only by establishing a relationship by believing in Him.
For now it no longer matters what any day may bring,
For in great pleasure or pain, with joy can I still sing.
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