I was mostly struck at this is something God passionately wants for us. Just like we want our kids to be happy, God wants the same for us. He sorrows when we sorrow and he doesn’t want that for us. That’s the reason he gives us commandments and rules that keep us safe and out of sorrow’s path (as much as possible).
But then I started think about the difference. I think that things (be they moments, kids, items) bring me joy. And it’s those joyful things in composition with my own attitude that help me to be happy.
And while we can orchestrate some of those moments of joy, we can’t control a lot of it. Some of you might remember my post on being happy a while back. I didn’t see a lot of happiness coming up in my life. Luckily, I was wrong. I am now surrounded by great friends who lift me up just as much as the old ones. I’m in a new phase of my life and I love this life just as much as I loved my prior life (plus, I still have those old friends, via IM facebook and texting — I love the Internet). BUT, I had to choose the attitude I was going to have. I had to be willing to put myself out for those things, those moments, those new people. I’m so glad I did.
So, how to have joy?
I guess God places a lot of joy in our lives. I think it’s up to us to find it, but joy does tend to happen. Even when it’s really not happening and your furnace and washing machine have both died you can find little bits of joy.
I think it’s compiling all that into happiness that’s the hard part.
But, then I posted this on facebook and someone said that joy is far more than happiness.
So, I think we all think of it in different ways. How do you think of it? Do you have joy and are you happy? Do you know that God wants that for you? Does that make you work to be happier a little harder? Let’s talk happy. 🙂