Thursday, October 14, 2010

Joy vs. Happiness

This past week I have been feeling down in the dumps. Not every moment of every day, just a lot of them. I tend to allow other people's actions to affect my mood, and this week was no different. I do not think I am depressed person or even have an awful life. I am well aware that things could be worse. I have my health, a wonderful husband, great friends and family, a roof over my head, money in the bank, and so much more. I am also the King's daughter. I am so blessed.

So, what's the problem then?

The problem is that I depend on circumstantial things to bring me happiness. I have been listening to podcasts from my old church, and the message was on the pursuit of happiness. During week three's message there was a lot of great points that have been stuck in my mind.

1. Happiness is circumstantial, joy is relational.

2. Happiness is a destination, joy is a journey.

3. Happiness is self-focused, joy is others-focused. via

This message has made me realize that I need to really get with the program. Life is too short to be upset over insignificant things. Life is not about circumstances making me happy. It's not about always looking towards the future and thinking "Once _____ happens, then I will be so happy!" It's about being content and joyful in the Lord and where I'm at in the present.

Presently, I am in Charleston, SC with my husband. This is where he grew up and is where I moved in January 2009 to be closer to him. It's no secret in my household that South Carolina is not my favorite place. I grew up in Louisiana, have lived in California and Texas, and I can say with confidence that I strongly dislike SC. The location itself is pretty, but most of the time I feel alone. I just haven't found my niche. I know that we will not be here forever, but while we are here I need a new outlook. I need to appreciate my surroundings and the people in them.

So that's what I am going to do. I am going to dive deeper into my Bible and fill myself up with the Word. I am hungry for more information and am seeking the Lord's goodness. I want to be joyful, and not just happy! I know that I am where I am supposed to be for the time being, and there are things that God is trying to teach me. I am ready and willing to be taught, and to be joyful.

I love this, and it makes me joyful. :o)


Chloƫ said...

It's so true that the little things really mean nothing in the huge span of this blessed life we live! I totally get in that same rut ALL THE TIME until I realize what a waste of energy it truly is! praying Jesus OVERWHELMS you with His joy today!!! :]

Lauren @ Dreams Take Flight said...

I can totally relate. I take one little crappy thing and my mood just runs with it. I really like those three points though, and it's good to remember that we need to be happy where we are and not looking forward to where we're going! Definitely a good reminder. :)

Anonymous said...

I am so very proud of you. Galatians 6:9 "Do not grow weary in doing good for you shall reap a harvest if you do not give up." Keep running the race baby and I will be right beside you each and every step of the way. I Love you!

Your Husband

Anonymous said...

I am so happy and joyful that you reside in SC! You are a great blessing in my life and I wish that we could hang out more! (but we will this weekend... whoop whoop! :)

<3 you! Rach

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