Spotted by a delirious woman who was convinced she could dash into Target for just a few stocking stuffers on Black Friday — a plaque that read: One Way to Happiness Is To Follow Your Heart.


Back when I knew of God, but had no personal relationship with Jesus, [an eternal difference] I felt sure that God’s greatest desire for me was to be happy. It was only when I began growing in my knowledge of who God is and who He created me to be that I realized it wasn’t happiness He desired above all for me, but holiness. 

Be holy because I am holy. 1 Peter 1:16
I have the bumps and bruises to prove that following one’s own heart leads only to disappointment and destruction. Why? Because the heart is deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9) It cannot—nor should it—ever be trusted. 
Being happy is a blessing from the Lord but the Word says that if we’re obedient in seeking His kingdom first and foremost, all else will follow — including a joy that plunges deeper and spreads wider than mere happiness could ever offer.  
If given the opportunity, my favorite plaque would read:  
True Joy Rests in Obedience to the Only Way 

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6