Happiness and Joy

Where Do We Find Strength?

Julio Salvador Hernandez-Saca

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Life takes us through various seasons, much like the changing face of nature. These seasons bring different experiences — some brim with success, adventures, and fulfillment, while others bring failures, uncertainty, and loss. However, in all these fluctuations, one constant remains: every season, no matter its form, will eventually pass. Yet, often, they leave us feeling empty.

We’ve become ensnared in pursuit of happiness, racing through life chasing fleeting moments of contentment. Happiness, fleeting as it is, relies on external events or conditions to occur. These moments, while enjoyable, swiftly dissipate, leaving us yearning for the next temporary thrill.

Striving for constant happiness becomes an unattainable pursuit, as happiness itself is transient. It’s dependent on fleeting moments of success, possessions, or experiences. Chasing after these moments is acceptable, but as the saying goes, “What goes up must come down.”

On the other hand, joy is an often overlooked concept. Unlike happiness, joy isn’t a momentary emotion but a state of being independent of external circumstances. It persists through both the highs and lows of life — through darkness, hardship, loss, and even success. Our joy isn’t tethered to situations or conditions; it’s an enduring force within us.

But how do we attain this enduring joy? It’s a deliberate choice — one that each person may approach uniquely. Unlike happiness, joy can be held onto indefinitely. It transcends our present circumstances, infusing hope, strength, growth, and confidence into our lives.

Living in joy empowers us to navigate life’s challenges. It’s a force that sustains us even when we feel weak (2 Corinthians 12:10). So, where does this enduring joy come from? Unlike happiness, which is often tied to our external world, true joy finds its source in God.

The scripture in Psalms 16:11 speaks of the joy found in God’s presence: “You (God) make known to me the path of life; in your presence, there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Seeking joy through success, possessions, or worldly desires often leaves us feeling empty, as testified by countless individuals despite their apparent worldly success.

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Julio Salvador Hernandez-Saca

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