In her book Hayley talks about the pursuit of happiness and how she escaped that in her life.
“I cannot find the happiness I’m looking for in looking for the happiness.”
Marriage was key in helping Hayley learn about finding her happiness in something other than herself. She started to see the beauty of dying to self during the early years of her marriage.
Susie and Hayley also talk about the posture believers should have when they are listening to God’s correction. Even if the correction comes from another broken human being, someone who might be sinning in the way they are bringing the correction to light, we still ought to listen to heed it.
They discuss two responses to correction: either shrugging it off or swinging hard the other way and wallowing in guilt. According to Hayley, both of these responses showcase pride in our lives.
Hayley and Susie also contrast the pursuit of happiness and the pursuit of holiness.
“While happiness in itself isn’t a bad thing, and those things of the world aren’t inherently bad, it will eventually disappoint us.”
Pursuit of the things of the flesh will enslave us but pursuit of holiness will produced joy.
“Joy is that happiness that’s never ceasing, that can survive and sustain us in the most difficult trials in life.”
This is one of the many paradoxes we face in faith.
Another paradox is that life only comes through death. Although we are discouraged at the though of having to die to ourselves, it’s only through this death that we can experience the vibrant life of the Father.
Hayley talks about other paradoxes of faith in the rest of her interview with Susie.