Sunset - Larnaca

Sunset - Larnaca

Sunday, 28 June 2015

St Nektarios on Seeking Happiness

We often seek happiness through journeys abroad, riches, as well as vain possessions and pursuits. St Nektarios of Aegina urges us to look beyond these means, in order to reach true, everlasting joy and fulfilment.

Instead of searching for happiness outside of ourselves, through external possessions and journeys, St Nektarios writes that joy is found within our very hearts; within ourselves.

'Happiness is found within ourselves, and blessed is the man who has understood this. Happiness is a pure heart, for such a heart becomes the throne of God. Thus says Christ of those who have pure hearts : 
"I will visit them, and will walk in them, and will be a God to them, and they will be my people." (2 Corinthians 6:16)

If we truly seek happiness through these means, we are never deprived of any good; as all good gifts are bestowed upon us by the Holy and Life-Giving Spirit: 'They have the greatest good in their heart: God Himself!' St Nektarios compares happiness found out-with the heart, as a structure built on uneven ground; leading to a life of uncertainty and instability.

Most of us waste our time 'wishing our lives away' ; anxious to finish school or university,  to travel, or retire, however Saint Nektarios highlights that every day and hour can be a time of great joy, peace, and fulfilment. Temporary travels, the use of technology, and possessions, are not necessary for obtaining happiness; but life in Christ makes it possible to live every hour in happiness and peace, remembering His promise that 'I am with you always' (Matthew 28:20) as we go about our daily lives seeking His joy within our hearts, and sharing it with our fellows.

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