The (Christian?) Hedonist Paradox

Happiness is like a cat. If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you’ll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap.

– William Bennett, as qtd. in Michael Horton, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014), 57.

Joy comes as we look at Jesus, not into ourselves in an attempt to conjure up joy.

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