I stumbled upon this great article today about happiness and our cultures endless pursuit of it. As Christians we have this idea that Gods goal for our lives is for us to be happy so we think that if we are not happy that God doesn’t love us, or care for us, or is just getting it wrong. This is even more true among young Christians who for some reason have this idea that being a Christian is about God making life good and making them happy. then when life gets hard they fall away from faith cause God apparently failed.
we need to arrest this idea in our young people and give them a more biblical idea of life trusting Jesus.
here is a link to a small group study we did at youth last term on this. (it’s full of stack of questions and bible verses so feel free to chop and change and delete.