Joy vs Happiness

By Rohmon Merchant

Joy isn’t like happiness which is based upon happenings or whether things are going well or not. No, joy remains even amidst the suffering. Joy is not happiness. Joy is an emotion that’s acquired by the anticipation, acquisition or even the expectations of something great or wonderful. It could be described as exhilaration, delight, sheer gladness, and can result from a remarkable success. You can even find joy in a unmet expectation, or a letdown, if you determine in your heart to not let situations get the best of you and keep your positive outlook and continence, graduation but the definition of joy that the world holds is not nearly as amazing as biblical joy, but joy is also a gift.

During my time in ministry, which coincidentally also holds some of the most devastating moments of my life I found that the only way God can get the best out of me is when I receive his joy for me and stay in that vein. I am quickly reminded through the times when God showed how real he is and how he carried me out of tough times and even had has hand on me during the incredible times. When I think of those times, and the beauty that only God can make from this life that I clearly messed up more than anyone can I feel this overwhelming peace that passes all understanding and this strong confidence that God is in total control and excitement about possibilities and unknown futures…that’s Joy. It’s contagious and it brings the scripture “the joy of the lord is my strength” to life. (Nehemiah 8:10)

So instead of looking for happiness this year I will live in the joy. Letting it grow in and through me and who knows? Let’s see what happens what God can do with someone with everlasting joy in their heart, or compromising happiness that is fleeting.

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