Monday, October 13, 2014
How to Find More Joy - Part 1
Now, I'm not talking about winning the lottery or escaping to some sunny vacation spot every chance you get. Those things bring happiness true, but not necessarily joy. Ask some of the rich and famous.
Happiness depends on circumstances. Happiness is a fleeting feeling. Joy is totally different. Joy, the older sister of happiness, comes from deep inside. Joy is an eternal fountain that waters our souls. It does not depend on our circumstances. In fact, joy can still be had even in the worst of situations. Really!
So I sent my mom a letter on how to have more joy. She recently lost her husband and at 85 years of age, is now dealing with all the stuff of taking care of a huge house, paying the bills, and basically living a single life after 30 years of being married.
"I got your letter", she says over the phone.
"But I'm not feeling very joyful today."
Notice the key word "feeling".
Well, there you go. Joy is not a feeling. Joy is a gift from God. Joy is a choice and a practice. The fountain of joy stems from the knowledge that God is in control and He allows situations into our lives that might not make us "feel" joyful, but they are, ultimately, for our good.
Joy is a fruit of the Spirit, which means in each of us has been deposited the seed of joy. It is up to us to nurture and grow that seed until it becomes the fountain that we so desire. And that takes a bit of work and some practice. We have a part to play in this whole thing too. But that's for another post.
When you combine happiness (outside circumstances) with joy (inner delight) watch your world explode! You will be jumping up and down like I do and people will think you are crazy! Let them!
Have you ever given thought to the difference between happiness and joy? To learn more about joy stay tuned for upcoming posts. In the meantime, please post a comment as I'd love to hear your thoughts. Until next time, keep looking up!