The word ‘joy’ is very different from the word ‘happiness’. Happiness is defined as ‘a state of well-being and contentment based on good fortune’. In other words, happiness is dependent on outward circumstances. Joy, on the other hand, is the inner security that comes from knowing that God has the final word!
Happiness is an emotional response. Joy is a state of being.
Happiness springs up from the things we have; joy comes from God who has us.
Happiness is temporary; joy is lasting.
Happiness is unpredictable, but joy is constant as long as we trust in God.
Happiness covers up discouragement, but joy overcomes discouragement.
Happiness is a thermometer that changes based on the environment around us. Joy is a thermostat with which we regulate the effect of the environment around us.
Happiness is good to have, but joy is essential!
May God’s joy be your strength in 2012