“Happiness is a choice. Your circumstance can affect it, but you’re still the one who decides your happiness.”
Hebrews 12:2New International Version (NIV)
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Let’s face it, not everyday of our lives is going to be great. There will be days that we feel that we are above the clouds and that no one can bring us down, and there will be days that we just do not want to get out of bed, let alone do anything else.
The bible tells us about joy and what it truly means, and the importance of it.
1. Joy is a gift to us
(Galatians 5:22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
One of the greatest gifts that was given to us is to see things on how God intended them to be. We must live our lives not simply going through the daily grind but rather finding joy in it so that we might able to see the beauty around us. That is the gift of joy to us, that at the end of the day we do not become machines but rather through joy we realize how to live.
2. Joy is a where we look
2 Corinthians 6:10 New International Version (NIV)
10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
James 1:2-3 New International version
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Joy is all around us, but there are moments that we decline to look for it. There are difficult moments in our lives that over whelm us and blind us to the gift of joy. There are so many moments in our lives that joy is all around us, it is just a matter of perspective.
As Paul is telling the Corinthians, true joy doesn’t lie in the things that we possess but rather it is in the service that we are able to give other people.
James is saying that to be joyful in trials of many kinds. Why? Because it completes us.
People put happiness or their joy in material possession and Paul says it is not there. People shy away from difficulty and pain and James says be joyful when you receive those. Joy is all around us, it just takes the right kind of perspective to see it.