Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Happy? or Joyful?
Everyday humans use words. Or perhaps misuse words. I, for one find the use of love, much over and not appropriately used. Awesome is another misused words.
Love is used to describe how we feel about another human being, or a piece of chocolate, or a type of entertainment.
Awesome is an adjective used to describe an incomprehensible feeling or item. Toasted marshmallow and gourmet chocolate cupcakes, although delightfully delicious, are not incomprehensible in taste.
Happy is how we feel as a result of an external factor in our lives. It could be a person, food, television program, a hug or a compliment from the boss. Happiness can warm our heart, make us feel good about ourselves, and effect a response to a situation. It is subject to circumstance.
'Happy' may also be used to infer quick...ie trigger happy? Happy is something we have come to expect....now.
JOY, however is an abiding source of contentment that wells up from within. Even in discontent and states of unhappiness, we are able to maintain our joy. In my digging I found this older post. I am not suggesting I stand with the author in all things, this is the only article I read. But I refer you to read for yourself. (thank you Sherman Nobles)
Our joy is not diminished by outcomes of our human decisions about having pie or cookies for dessert. Nor is it determined by job choices and life circumstances. Joy is more than an emotional response to situational contentment, momentary smiles and laughter. Even in the depth of discontent with life circumstance, we can still feel joy. James writes to the 12 tribes a greeting that states, consider it pure joy , my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds. because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance....
So my friend, as I lift you before the throne today, my prayer is this, that you count it all joy. For one day we will be rewarded for our faithfulness.
Dollar Store special had cups with various words. Today, I choose joy.....Esther 9:22