Someone Asked Me: What Things Make You Happy?

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What Makes Me Happy?

I pondered that for quite a while. There are quite a few things that I enjoy and appreciate. “Falling into” a great story, whether I am reading, writing, or watching it brings me great delight. Spending time with people I cherish is like oxygen to me. Learning and/or teaching is an intense pleasure. Circumstances, people, things are just stuff. And yet, none of those things can MAKE me happy. They may reveal a happiness or contentment (or lack thereof), but they can never place happiness within me.

Only God Himself can make me happy. As He rebuilds me from the inside out, preparing me for eternity, He places a peace beyond all understanding within me. He builds contentment and joy into my person.

The tools He uses are surprisingly simple. It starts and ends with His Word. Whether I like it or not, I need to let the Holy Spirit work through Scripture. Both Law and Gospel have to have their constant place in my life: God’s Holy Law has to tear down my pride and self-sufficient attitude and God’s Holy Gospel is to build Christ Himself within me.

That can’t happen quickly or easily. There’s a reason we are to gather together around preaching and the sacraments regularly. Having the pastor place forgiveness in our ears and on our tongues is a start. Unfortunately, we also have the attention spans of squirrels on crack. We can’t go 3 minutes within the service without getting distracted. That’s why daily, family and individual Bible study and devotions are important. We need to have the weekly church service lessons reinforced at any given moment.

We never know when life will place a “pop quiz” in front of us. God’s Word makes us joyfully free to live forgiven lives while forgiving others around us.

THIS makes me happy!

Rev. Dr. Greg Seltz and Congressman John Shimkus from Synod Convention 2019 — 2019/07/25

We share an interview with Kip Allen, Rev. Dr. Greg Seltz, and Congressman John Shimkus. Find all of these conversations along with regular programming from convention at

Live from the 67th Regular Convention of the LCMS, Rev. Dr. Greg Seltz, Executive Director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty, and Congressman John Shimkus, U.S. Representative for Illinois’ 15th congressional district, join Kip Allen to talk about religious liberty and how Lutherans interact with politics in American society.

Furniture and Household Good Drive — 2019/07/25

Sharon Riordan, Director of International Student Ministry (ISM) – St. Louis, joins Andy and Sarah to share stories of students who have connected with ISM, how the furniture drive helps international students become acclimated and welcomed to St. Louis, and how people can donate and volunteer for this year’s furniture drive. Learn more at

2019 ISM Furniture and Household Goods Giveaway
Saturday, August 17
Wydown Middle School
6500 Wydown Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105

To donate furniture by July 31 or volunteer, contact Ann:

Convention Updates — 2019/07/24

Kip and Gary check in with Andy from the 67th Regular Convention of the LCMS to talk about a summary of Tuesday’s business and the partner churches and international guests represented at convention. Follow convention proceedings at

The Bible: Evangelical Heritage Version — 2019/07/24

Dr. John F. Brug, General Editor and Old Testament Editor with Northwestern Publishing House, joins Andy to talk about the new Evangelical Heritage Version of the Bible available from Northwestern Publishing House, difficulties in producing this version, and features that distinguish it from other translations. Find your copy at and learn about the Wartburg Project at