Happiness isn’t true joy.
Have you heard this saying before and wondered the same as me? How can this be? You can’t have joy without being happy. Isn’t joy about true happiness?
Happiness is only temporary. It can be gone in a second.
The one we thought was our perfect soul mate tells us they’re leaving . . .
Our boss tells us we’re no longer a fit for their company . . .
The doctor gives us the results of the test we were dreading . . .
A loved one passes away . . .
Bam! Our happiness is changed in a millisecond.
So, how can we find true joy?
In our attitudes. How do we react to situations like the above? I still remember my mother’s reaction when we told her the news of her brain tumor. “Well, I’ve had a good life.” She praised God every step of the way. She stood on her tippy toes while singing in church after her diagnosis. After. That’s true joy.
My brother and dear sister-in-law praised God through their storm. They gave God the glory. That’s true joy.
Sure, it’s hard going through tough situations. Don’t get me wrong. A trial doesn’t come along and you start waving your hands in the air saying, “Yes, God!” But when we’re able to face them head on with a good attitude, this makes all the difference. Our joy bubbles over and comes to the surface. What a powerful witness!
In giving our happiness to Jesus. Then it will turn to joy. When hardships come our way, we have to remember, He is there with us. Walking in front of us, beside us, behind us. All around us. We need to hold tight to Him. Keep our eyes on Him. When we do, nothing can steal our joy.
Yes, happiness can be gone in a second, but we have to remember . . .
True joy lasts a lifetime.
Let’s dance to the beat of His amazing grace.
Psalm 30:11 (VOICE)
You did it: You turned my deepest pains into joyful dancing;
You stripped off my dark clothing
and covered me with joyful light.
Good Day (by Natalie Grant)
Listen to this fun song full of truths. I guarantee you’ll be up dancing. Just like my great nieces, Anaiah, Rhowie, and Emilyn (pictured above)! (I’m sure McKinley will be soon!)