June 2019 news from Chris Lange, Board Chairman

True Treasure

It was wonderful to see so many supporters of EE at the recent Supporters’ Dinner and AGM. I’d like to give a big thank you to all those who put in the hard work to make it all possible. Every year my personal highlight is hearing the stories of how Jesus has changed lives. I’ve been thinking lately about happiness and I’m reminded how happy it is to know Jesus.

Our world looks for happiness in all the wrong places. We, too, have to be careful to avoid this. Have you ever saved up for a new purchase only to get buyer’s remorse afterwards? Or looked forward to a new experience only to be disappointed? If you really enjoyed a movie the first time, chances are you will get a little less enjoyment each time you re-watch it. This is because happiness by nature diminishes over time.

We are prone to looking out for the next new thing that will find us happiness – a continual chase, a rat race for the next thing or experience that will bring us our next dopamine hit. If only I could have this, then I would be happy or earn more money or go on holiday more.

Our search for happiness is like searching for the perfect treasure, but are we looking in all the wrong places? Jesus has already told us where to find treasure, true treasure that will sustain and bring real joy, a treasure that will never diminish. His Kingdom is that ultimate treasure.

Jesus said “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” (Matthew 13:44). The man in this story had joy as he sold everything in order to gain that treasure.

Are we experiencing that same joy? Every decision that is in line with the principles of His kingdom is never regretted. There is no buyer’s remorse. Every time we prioritise His kingdom in our lives it’s an investment that has returns that will last forever. So what small decisions could you make today that would make it a priority? Because His kingdom really is worth everything.

Chris Lange,

Board Chairman