Don’t Choose Happiness…Choose Joy!
Happiness can be taken anytime. For instance, someone gives you a brand new cadallic, you’re HAPPY! You drive it around the corner and someone hits you and its totaled. You LOOSE your happiness, in a hurry.
Joy however is absolutely different!
When I came to know Christ all the rules changed. NO, I mean when I really became invested in the relationship. (yes, I said relationship, not religion) Once I realized that Jesus Christ loved me…what? Jesus Christ loves me? Coming from a past of feeling rejected, this was pretty good knowledge. My dad was married 7 times and my mom was married 6. I pretty much learned my lifestyle honestly. I had been married 5 times, when I met Christ. So, this is where I say again all the rules changed. Once I was accepted, I was no longer rejected. To go from always being rejected to being accepted changed my thought pattern, my day, my mood, my happiness to JOY. You can’t steal my joy, it’s secure in my relationship. That Joy actually gives me strength.
Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Neh 8:10
O LORD, the king rejoices in your strength. How great is his joy in the victories you give! Psalms 27:10
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalms 28:7
WOW! I am so HAPPY to have this kind of Joy! Even when trials come, I know where I am spending eternity! You can not steal my joy! My joy is my anchor! Knowing Christ died for me is something you have come too late to take from me. I can die a very secure woman. As a matter of fact, I will go so far as to say I believe when I die, a smile from deep joy will come across my face.
I just can’t even tell you how I have preached myself HAPPY this morning! LOL! It’s with true JOY that I say this to you. I am accepted and not rejected.
Get to know Jesus, get JOY!