Happiness vs. Joy: Which One Would You Rather Have?

When you ask some people what they want out of life, it is common to hear the saying, “I just want to be happy.” Everybody is seeking happiness. Even well-known celebrities who seem to “have it all” desire to have contentment and happiness in their lives. The only problem is that happiness is temporary.


I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with wanting to be happy. Life is filled with happy and joyful occasions. The question is, who or what are you letting determine your happiness? Happiness becomes temporary when we are placing our faith and hopes in ephemeral, meaningless things. Cars, clothes, and money will be bring you happiness, but it will be short-lived. According to the Bible in the book of Ecclesiastes, “chasing earthly things is equivalent to chasing the wind.” The wind isn’t tangible and can never be caught. The same goes for our possessions. No matter how much we accumulate or who we surround ourselves with, it all pales in comparison to knowing the One who gives us real meaning.


If you’re constantly dousing yourself in worldly things and glorifying your accomplishments, you will only find happiness for a little while. True happiness is the joy that is found in knowing and operating in Christ. His joy gives an unchanging, everlasting happiness. The great thing about it is that you don’t have to accomplish a certain set of objectives or be of a certain status to receive this joy. It is naturally produced in you by the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22 tells us that the Holy Spirit produces fruits in our life such as “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” These are freely given to us just because we know Christ! Seek eternal happiness by placing your faith and hope in who He is. At the end of the day, when everything disappoints and fades, He’s the one thing that remains the same. He gives us the true, everlasting, happy joy.


So the question is, which one would you rather operate in? Happiness of joy?

Janelle Brown

Janelle Brown is the life and style consultant behind her brand Fearfully Fashioned. She has graduated from the illustrious Howard University with a degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Consumer, Apparel, Retail Studies at UNC Greensboro. Janelle couples her love for people and fashion to restore purpose, beauty, and worth by coaching and cheering women on in the pursuit of their purpose and goals.

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