Pursuit of Happyness

I watched Will Smith’s movie Pursuit of Happyness on TV again this weekend and I got teared up.  I don’t know why but I have seen the movie three times now and each time I get a little misty eyed.

Something about the struggle, desperation, and dedication that is soul stirring.  I put it right in line with Cinderella Man as a movie that goes against the grain of our culture’s massive wave of portraying men and fathers as apathetic, disengaged, and unwilling to fight for their families.

Both movies though ended with salvation being financial.  While I see how the financial achievements of both men in these movies alleviates the suffering of their lives and families; I am more moved by the men they are and the love they have for their families.  It sounds corny but the blessing is in the bond, and the journey which creates it.

I do not know if most of us will face such trying circumstances as these two movie characters in our lives, but I do know we will all make daily decisions in the pursuit of happyness.  And as the apostle Paul tells us in his wonderful letter to the Phillppi, our joy (and happiness to a certain degree) does not come from our circumstances but from love; love from our Heavenly Father, and love from our community.