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Luke 2:8–10 — That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9) Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10) but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring good news that will bring great joy to all people.”
Dr. Pamela Ebstyne King — “Remember, joy is different from happiness. Although they are connected through positive feelings, keep in mind joy involves what holds ultimate significance in your life.” God wants us to enjoy our lives — whether they are easy or difficult. God never intended for anyone to merely exist: He wanted everyone to enjoy their life every day. He said in John 10:10 that His purpose for coming was to give us a rich and satisfying life. The only way to obtain that is to cultivate joy.
Joy is internal; happiness is external. Joy is God-given, based on what you believe, not on your current circumstances. Too many people think they can be happy only when they go on vacations, when the kids get older, when they are a success at work, when they get what they want. This is not true.
Happiness is based on circumstance; joy is based on a choice — that through the worst times, worst days, we can experience joy in our lives, and the emotions of peace and excitement, regardless of our outward circumstances. This is the joy God gives. What’s great is that it is our choice. We choose joy.
Jesus gives us the joy. I hope you choose it.
Merry Christmas to all of you. God bless.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, December 21, 2020 @ 10:03 AM MDT
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