If I sit and think about what joy should look like, my mind wanders to those memories that I’ve tucked away where I feel blissfully happy.
Like snapshots, I thumb through them. I see the places and the people that I love the most. I see birthday parties and anniversaries and holidays and celebrations and family gatherings. I see the grins of my boys and the smile of my husband. I hear the laughter of my family.
A smile spreads across my face as I recall those moments, but a twinge of sadness shadows them because all they are now is just that. Moments. I’ve tucked them away and can turn to them for a smile and the warm, fuzzy feelings that they bring, but the experience of them is in the past.
Memories. Moments. Fleeting. Temporary.
That’s when truth glimmers and hope pushes in. I’m reminded of what I’ve come to know to be true. Those feelings aren’t joy. They are happiness.
The two are different.
Those feelings aren’t joy. They are happiness. The two are different.
What’s the difference?
I’m glad you asked.
Webster says that happiness is: a : a state of well-being and contentment b : a pleasurable or satisfying experience.
A state. An experience.
Joy is defined differently. Webster gives one of the definitions for joy as : a source or cause of delight.
Joy is a source. Joy is a cause.
That is what I was to dig into this month.
Joy that lasts.
Joy that endures in hard seasons, in sadness, in trials, and in struggles.
Joy that is present in good times and in bad, in plenty and in want.
But how is that even possible? How in the world can we have that kind of joy?
We can have that kind of real, deep, soul penetrating, enduring joy because Joy is a source. Joy is a cause. And we know what the source and cause of joy is!
Habakkuk 3:18 NIV reminds us of the source and cause of our joy, “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”
“Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” Habakkuk 3:18 NIV
Let’s dig in to how this kind of joy looks in our everyday lives. Let’s see how knowing that this kind of joy is available to us changes everything, because we all want happiness in our lives, but what we really need is JOY.
We all want happiness in our lives, but what we really need is JOY.
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This month, let’s really explore how to Honor Him through JOY, even in the Craziness of our lives!
Love and blessings,