In today’s world, it seems there is a push to “find our happiness.” To put on a happy face and pursue our happy place! If I could say something about the “Do whatever makes you happy” trend, I would shout from the rooftops that what we should be seeking is joy – not happiness!
Happiness is a feeling. Feelings are fleeting and fickle. Happiness is contingent upon things that are out of our control. But joy? Joy is a knowing. It is steadfast and sure. It is a decision to focus on Jesus instead of on difficult circumstances.
Joy can be our rock no matter what situation we face. When things are going well, our joy comes from knowing our blessings are from God. When things aren’t going so well, our joy comes from knowing He has us in the palm of His hand and that He has a good plan for us no matter what things look like in the moment.
Happiness will come and go, but clinging to joy helps us tackle adversity with a fresh and positive outlook. We can only ride the wave of happiness as long as the waters stay relatively calm. But when we pursue joy, it gives us an anchor in the rough waters.
Will some experiences try to shake us or shift our perspective? Yep, we live in a world full of circumstances that can potentially stretch, strain, and stress us on a regular basis. And there will always be people who are capable of causing unhappy circumstances. Sometimes it is because they intentionally attempt to rob us of our joy (often because of their own unhappiness.) And, of course, sometimes it is unintentional because we are people, and people are imperfect. But no thing and no person has the power to take our joy from us. We are the ones with the choice to let go of our joy willingly or to hold firmly to it.
Go ahead and “find your joy!” You will find it in the rock-solid foundation of Jesus!