Friday, September 26, 2008

Not to be Happy, but to have Joy

Happiness and joyfulness....similar yet not the same....One can be happy but not joyful and vice versa....

Who wants to be happy? Everyone, right? No one likes to be sad or down...Happiness is one of the most pursued aim in life...People buy luxuries things, live in lavish houses, drive expensive cars so that they can be happy...

Joy, on the other hand, is not given much thought...Most people don't even understand the significance of the word 'joy'...Joy can't be pursued...Luxuries does not bring out joy...

I'm writing this for everyone who is pursuing happiness in life...I'm telling you won't succeed...oh, sure you'll be happy at certain times of your life, but ultimately, you will fail at the end...You cannot win...So I'm telling you, don't pursue happiness, but instead learn to be joyful..

Happiness is found from without...Things that happen around us...Things we get...Stuff we do...Those bring happiness...Then, when they get snatched away, so does your happiness...It's so fragile, you know, happiness...One second it's there, and the next it's gone...And life is so dark..So what's the point investing in it?

Joy, however, comes from within us and from God...It is grown day by day in us....Despite things that happen around us, or things we get and lose, joy remains in our hearts...strong as a mountain...and life is so bright, no matter what...

The 'Fruits of the Spirit' from the Bible...Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control...JOY, not happiness...our life should be filled with joy, but we definitely won't be happy all the time...

So, what I'm trying to say is that when the world seems dark, and when things are not going right, joyfulness will still live, when happiness is long gone....Happiness can be taken away by sadness, but joyfulness stands alone...

Having joy is one of the best thing one could ever ask for...If you have it, you're one blessed person...=)

2 comments:

Tweesa said...

=) interesting post.

Anonymous said...

just like what rick warren said:
you go to Disneyland, you're happy, you found out how much you spent, you're no longer happy...