Happiness is not easily won; it is hard to find it in ourselves, and impossible to find it elsewhere. (Nicolas Chamfort, 18th century French writer)

Children seem to be happy most of the time. Infants enjoy playing with their toes or some simple toy. As they grow, everything seems to be fun—at least for a while. But, as we mature, we discover that not everything satisfies—not even our thoughts and desires. It is within ourselves that we must ultimately find personal joy in a spiritual relationship.

Let all who take refuge in you [God] be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you (Psalm 5:11).