Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the LORD. (Psalms 1:1-2 NRSV)

Not long ago, a very curious incident was reported in the New York City papers. A bus driver in the Bronx simply drove away in his empty bus one day and was picked up by the police several days later in Florida. The driver explained that he had grown tired of driving the same route every day. He had decided to go away on a trip. While he was being brought back, it was clear from the papers that the bus company was having a hard time deciding whether or how he should be punished. By the time he arrived in the Bronx, he was a celebrity, and a crowd of people was on hand to welcome him. When it was announced that the company had foregone its prerogative to turn him over for legal punishment and would give him his job back again if he would promise to make no more jaunts, loud cheers erupted in the Bronx. Obviously a lot of other people were also bored and unhappy.

This new year is a time for change. It is a time for making resolutions. It is a time for doing something about those areas of our lives with which we are unhappy. May we seek and find God's answer to our happiness.

God of joy, show me the way to true happiness in you. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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