I sit here still thinking about JOY. How I have to step out of myself to choose joy. Today, right now, this minute.
It's been a week since we buried our precious Jesse. Sorrow and mourning have outweighed happiness 2:1. There are times when the pain is so raw it feels as though I'm being ripped apart. But then it occurred to me:
Happiness is not the same as joy.
Feeling happy is based on the situation, based on emotion. As much as I would love to, I can not be happy all of the time. It's impossible.
But I CAN be joyful...All of the time.
Why? Because joy is a fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22) Joy is knowing God. Joy is knowing He holds your hand while happiness is fleeting. Joy is a choice because it is not based on emotion. Joy is the act of thanking the One not because things are going great, but just because He is.