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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Happy (07/12/07)

TITLE: My Search For What Would Make Me Happy
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07/13/07


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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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Kevin Rodgers07/19/07
Nice Poem. Short, but sweet. It helps remind me that no worldly possessions or worldly deeds can compete with the true happiness that my Savior gives me each day. Good Job! I enjoyed this!
Joy Faire Stewart07/19/07
This would make an excellent devotional...wonderful message.
Phyllis Inniss 07/20/07
I agree this would make a wonderful devotional. You have expressed biblical truths which many of us forget or pay little heed to until like you we see only God provides the answer to our happiness.
Gabrielle Morgan07/20/07
Well expressed sentiments in your poem. Happiness cannot be bought or achieved without faith. Good work!
Dee Yoder 07/24/07
So true! We run ourselves ragged trying to please everyone but the Lord. It's wise to remember that when we [lease Him first, the other things fall into line.

Thanks for sharing your poem!