Saturday, December 29, 2012

Joyous New Year

I got my very first smartphone for Christmas. I have been enjoying playing with apps like Facebook. It is nice to stay plugged in.

Amongst the common statuses and images I have seen a reoccurring sentiment: in 2013 my friends just want to be happy.

I do not share that goal. I don't want to settle for mere happiness. I want joy.

Joy differs from happiness in many ways. Happiness is fleeting and depends on circumstances most of the time. But joy is deep rooted and not easily swayed. It is possible to be joyful in the midst of sorrow, grief, pain, and betrayal.

I wish none of the things for you or myself in the upcoming year. But let's be honest. The truth is we will not go a year of our lives without one of those. Some of us will experience them all. Some in the first week of 2013.

I'm not trying to scare or depress you, that is just the reality of living in a cursed world. But there is of course good news. Jesus has triumphed over the curse and is coming to rescue His beloved bride (the worldwide Body of believers). And in the meantime He has left us with an arsenal of gifts for surviving until then.

He has given us a Comforter for our pain, a Counselor for our worries, a Companion for our grief, a Friend to stand beside us in the days of rejection and betrayal. He has given us a Hope and Promise that this will not last forever and a Purpose to accomplish while it does. He has given us Love and Life by giving His own. And He will not forget those He loved enough to die for...

For these and more Truths inescapable I have joy. Give thanks, praise God, and rejoice.

And yes, I hope that 2013 brings us all many happy times. But on all the days of the upcoming year, be they happy or sad, I wish you joy.

So a Joyous New Year to you all and please: don't settle for mere happiness.

Linking up to Faith Filled Friday.


  1. The distinction between joy and happiness is often hard to define. You have done really well here in making the point of joy being independent of circumstances and feelings.
    Although most of us wish to be happy as a life goal, learning to be content and have joy in our hearts (from knowing God) is a more fulfilling way of life.
    Thank you for this post. I am a visitor here from Missional Women Faith-filled Fridays. Good to meet you. May God bless you richly in the year ahead. :)

  2. A good often I wish for happiness and overlook the gift of joy I've already been given.


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