A weekend thought to ponder. This is a life Truth for me.
Happiness and joy are often found together. There are moments in time when both co-exist but then life with its inevitable ups and downs flows on. Happiness is a fleeting emotion. Joy and happiness and joy purely as ‘emotions’ are fleeting and as ethereal as the wind.
Pursuit of happiness is the lie of our modern world. You can pursue happiness and through your own efforts try EVERY avenue including many that are harmful to life and living but HAPPINESS strived for and found often lasts very fleetingly.
I remember the story of a famous footballer who said ‘ I have found all my happiness in my football’ Sadly when his football days were over and he was no longer fit and healthy he took his own life. ‘ I have nothing to live for.’
Let’s look at JOY. Joy is far more than an emotion. It, in fact, can be a life Gift and an internal Blessing that will transform all our thinking and our quality of life. It can bring us both contentment and happiness.
JOY can be likened to a ‘internal’ unseen bubble.
It is the bubble of Hope inside that keeps us stable even in the midst of troubles. It surprises by its power. To me it is God’s Presence and unexpected but real is the comfort.
I understand it but find it hard to explain.
A long-time ago King who faced a terrible battle left in the record of Old Testament Writing in the Bible this powerful statement.
THE JOY OF THE LORD
IS MY STRENGTH.
It is also for me. Deep, deep inside this bubble keeps me flowing and glowing.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND. MAY YOU FIND BEAUTY AND PEACE IN ALL YOUR PURSUITS.
Is internal JOY in your life? As you ponder remember it is a Gift of God the Holy Spirit.