Silence has been present in my life the last few months. Do you ever feel your life is silent at times? There are days that I feel tired, not physically, but spiritually and emotionally. I can confidently say I know what I believe in, but there are times I am still searching for something. I am wrestling with this idea of happiness. What does it mean for us to be happy? I know the song, Happy by Pharrell Williams, makes me happy. How can it not? We want to be happy. Our human nature strives to feel good in every aspect of our life. The problem I am finding is that happiness is temporary. Everything this world provides is temporary, relationships, material items, emotions etc. I am happy, but my life is still missing something and I think I always knew what it was; JOY.
Joy comes from the word rejoice. The definition of rejoice is “feel or show great joy or delight.” Pure joy is not of this world. That to me is the biggest difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is temporary, things will come and go that will make us “feel happy.” But joy, joy is much deeper. Joy is an intimate expression that comes from deep within your very soul. If we know what joy is, we know joy arises when we go through trials and tribulations. James tells us to consider it PURE JOY when we come face to face with hardship. Pure joy is found in He who created you, who defined you, who loved you and always will love you. I don’t want to be happy, I want to be joyful. I want to delight and rejoice in the Lord in everything I do and I want my life to be filled with joy even when life seems to be crashing down on me. Joy is what will get us through. Joy is eternal because God is eternal.
If your life feels silent, choose joy and I promise you it will change the way you think and feel. It will stop you from running to the next best thing so you can feel happy again. Find joy in the Lord because happiness will never be enough.
Love. Be loved. Know love.