I remember a saying that I first heard a long time ago; "If you want to be happy for a week, have your hair cut. For 6 months of happiness, get a brand new car."

How do we bring happiness to our whole life?

Answers vary from person to person, but most agree that the people around us are more important than material things.  We need a certain level of financial stability to maintain our happiness, but it is only one of the factors that make our life meaningful.

Dr. Albert Schweitzer was a music scholar and famous organist.  He was an expert on J. S. Bach's music.  His book, "J. S. Bach" remains one of the most authoritative books about Bach's music.  He became an important figure beyond the musical world by sacrificing his musical career to serve the people of Africa as a medical doctor.

Fame was not Schweitzer's goal.  He left us a good example with his legacy.  He once said, "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."

As we approach Easter, take time during this Lenten season to think about your happiness.   Easter is the utmost example of immeasurable love and sacrifice, not only for the people of that time, but for all of us in the past, present, and the future. 

As God, he became a man to love us, to die for us, and to rise from the dead for our salvation.  Our savior loves us and loves what He is doing.

This is the time we celebrate with our hearts and minds His sacrifice in the past, presence with us now -- and returning to us in the future.  Our happiness will be strong forever when we realize this in full, and praise Him.

He is risen indeed. Halleluiah!