Happiness turn to Joy...
Saturday, July 28, 2007
A great obstacle to happiness is expecting too much happiness.
- Bernard de Fontanelle, French writer
Happiness indeed in a state of mind. Even the root of the word 'hap' finds its meaning in words like; glad, cheerful, pleasant. Happiness is often based on a event or occurence. However, joy finds its meaning a bit deeper and can be experienced with or without a pleasant event. It is my belief that joy comes from the Lord, because it enbodies hope and anticipation. It is my sincere desire to allow the hope that is within to fuel my life so the things that 'happen' to me are secondary to my state of mind. If I have a day that is less than desirable it will not determine the course of the rest of my day. Drawing deep from within my spirit, I will chose to be happy and allow my joy to take presidence. Like Jesus, who for the joy that was set before him endured pain and shame...knowing that a greater event was on the way! When we decide to do something that requires change or consistence there will be obstacles. As I tell my children, 'if it were easy everybody would be doing it'. Accepting a challenge requires something extra of you, so set you thoughts on the finish line and press on. Turn your happiness into true joy! I selected the username BeHapi because my name is found within it, and because I know to reach my goal I will have to focus on the joy I have within and bring it to the surface as happiness.
Lord, thank you for allowing the goals and ambitions that I aspire to achieve come within my reach. Thanks for letting me see that the joy you have given me is a tool to help me reach those goals and more. I will lean on your understanding and wisdom and focus on the joy that is set before me.
Scripture quotes below:
Hebrews 12:2 (Whole Chapter)
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.