Written By: Kayla Marie
“I’m inright, outright, upright, downright happy all the time. Since Jesus Christ came in, I gave my heart to him. I’m inright, outright, upright, downright happy all the time…”
These are the words to a well-known children’s song. However, they really aren’t all that true.
Many would argue that the words joy and happiness are interchangeable. In fact, according to dictionary.com, joy is defined as the emotion of great happiness. I’d have to disagree.
As a girl who’s desire is to follow Christ, my life is one of joy. Does that mean I’m happy all of the time? Of course not!
Being a Christian doesn’t mean life is trial-free. It doesn’t mean we’ll just glide through the rough patches. It means that, when things get hard, we don’t have to go through it alone. It means that each day carries worth and meaning.
There are two kinds of women in this world. Women of joy and women of happiness.
Which one are you?
Woman of Happiness
A woman of happiness lives only for the here and now. Her view of life changes depending on her current circumstances.
When times are good, she feels happy and glad. She goes for whatever will give her pleasure in the moment, regardless of the consequences.
When times aren’t so good, her happiness fails her. She has no foundation. When the waves of life come crashing down, she falls apart.
Instead of staying grounded through the ups-and-downs, she is swept away by circumstances. Yes, she is a woman of happiness, but happiness can only last for so long.
Woman of Joy
A woman of joy lives in light of eternity. Her view of life is planted firmly in the Word of God.
When things are going well, she is also happy and glad. However, she seeks after things that bring true joy. She immerses herself in the Bible daily and looks for ways to serve others.
When life takes a turn for the worst, she rests assured that Jesus will see her through.
True, she isn’t always happy. She sometimes makes mistakes and loses sight of what’s important, but her desire is to follow the Lord and work on the rough spots.
Though her life is filled with its own ups-and-downs, she stands firm in Christ. Yes, she is a woman of joy. And joy in Christ never runs out.
While happiness is circumstantial, joy lasts forever.
Take a close look at your own life. Are you a woman of happiness or a woman of joy?
Many of us will find that we are women of happiness. We mean well, but we’re not fully grounded in the Lord.
Who will you choose to be?