Many of us think that joy and happiness are the same – well it’s not. Joy is a state we choose to be in and requires us to act for it to come alive. Happiness is a feeling, its emotions that come out of choosing joy.
To cultivate joy we need to express it through
* Rejoicing - this is about being thankful
* Being glad - this is about how we think
* Cheerful - this is about our attitude
In order to nurture joy, we need to know who we are. We are not an accident; we were born to live a life of purpose. To realise and live a life of purpose we must be thankful for all that we do have. Being thankful in all circumstances gives us hope which builds us up rather than pulling us down. Our thoughts have the ability to separate us with lies that stem from fear. Truth sets us free from fear and the truth is that we are loved by a gracious and merciful God that will never leave nor forsake us. In order to live a life that is governed by joy we must have regular checks on our attitude, our attitude can either make or break us.
Joy is an act and state of the heart, where as happiness is an emotion that springs out of our thinking. Is it time to mend your broken heart so that you can think more clearly? It is possible that you have been living a life filled with fear? Is it time to find out the truth for your life? Do you want to live a life filled with JOY?
When we make joy a choice then we can make happiness a lifestyle. Each morning as you wake up express joy, then throughout the day choose to nurture it.