Thought for The Day – Learning to be Joyful, not Happy

So I thought I would start doing daily thoughts, little snippets of what I hope are inspiration for y’all!

Today’s thought is on being joyful instead of happy. I know that sounds a bit contradictory, but roll with me here, because there is a difference between the two. Happiness is a feeling, something that often comes and goes as we hit life’s ups and downs. Happiness is actually kind of fleeting. That’s where joy comes in. True joy comes from a heart that is living in the light of Christ, and, unlike happiness, joy does not come and go. Joy does not mean that we will be dancing and smiling every second of our lives, but it does mean having hope, and gladness, even when times get rough. We will still have our tough days, but joy is what helps us to get through them with strength. Joy is something that only comes from Christ, and is evidence of someone who is at peace with God, the world, and themselves. Will you have joy in your heart today? Or are you focusing on what makes you happy for the moment?

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

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