“What’s the good life?” The world attempts to answer that question in many different ways, but they all lead to dead ends. The biblical answer is that the good life is to love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself. When you live that kind of life, among other things, it’s happy-making. Jesus said, “It is more happy-making to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). The Greek word translated “blessed,” makarios, means happiness or happy or happy-making. So the good life is a happy life!
The problem is that we look for the good life, and happiness, in the wrong places. That’s why I wrote my book Giving Is the Good Life—I wanted to clarify what Scripture actually says about how we can experience the abundant life Jesus came to give us. And the answer from God’s Word is so beautiful and hope-giving! The good life is definitely not what the world claims it is. It’s what Jesus claimed it is.Earlier this year, I was interviewed at Compassion International’s Chapel in Colorado Springs about Giving Is the Good Life. (Learn more about the connection between the book and Compassion here.) Stacey Foster did a great job asking me questions and leading our conversation. I think you’ll enjoy this 33-minute discussion and, and I hope, will find it beneficial: