"Happiness is the external reflection of our internal experience of God's Joy"
The plan and the heart of God is for us to be people who know how to experience His joy and "choose happy". No matter the season, no matter the circumstance we have a God who is good enough and strong enough, and our recognition of that allows us to always choose joy. Our Joy and happiness is not dictated by the situations around us but the love and power of our God. But in our lives there are things that we recognize can easily "kill" the joy that God has for us, the first is ungratefulness. The constant desire for more, better, and nicer shifts our perspective from gratefulness for all God has done to being ungrateful and comparing your life to those around you. As people who know and have experienced Jesus we truly should be the most thankful people on that planet. But where your thankfulness perspective today? Is it on what you don't have, what you want, what you think will finally make you happy? Or is it on Jesus and all He has done for you?
The second "joy killer" is trials and drama. The bible is pretty clear on that fact that we are going to face trials and negative drama, either brought on by ourselves or uncontrollable circumstances. But we are so thankful that the bible says "weeping may last for the night, but Joy comes in the morning". Our God is not limited by our trials and in those moments He invites us to call on him, trust him, and let the Joy and Jesus shine through.
The last "joy killer" is time away from Jesus. In the business of life often times the first thing that tends to get knocked to the bottom of our list is spending time with Jesus. We can so easily dismiss it as a "non-essential" but it's the very thing that brings joy into our lives and shifts our perspective to be able to "choose happy". The best way to amplify the Joy in our lives is by spending time with Jesus, there's no alternative and there's no substitute for it.
God's heart isn't that we would be a people who "fake" happy but are able to choose it because we know who our God is, we know how much He loves us, and we know that anything is possible with Him. Let your joy reflect the love of Jesus and point people to God.
But Jacob insisted, “No, if I have found favor with you, please accept this gift from me. And what a relief to see your friendly smile. It is like seeing the face of God!
1. Where is has your "Joy Level" been at lately?
2. How have you experienced gratefulness working in your life?
3. Is the season that you're in right now making it easy or difficult to "choose happy"?
4. How does spending time with Jesus accelerate Joy in your life?
5. How can we pray for you?