Thankful Thursday

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Joy doesn’t happen to you, it happens in you.
 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy…” (Galatians 5:22)

Because…I’m Happy!

One of this year's most popular songs, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, has women, men, and children tapping their feet and clapping their hands with glee! The beat somehow just gets you going and before you realize it, you’re snapping, swaying, and shouting, “Because I’m HAPPY!”

What a great feeling it is to be happy; but what an even greater feeling to have indescribable joy!

Happiness is a “Because Of” mentality based on circumstance; Joy is a “Regardless Of” lifestyle anchored in Christ.

Because the sun is shining, we’re happy. Regardless of if it’s rain, snow, sleet, or shine, we have joy. Because my check came in on time, I’m happy. Regardless of if the bank messed up my direct deposit, I still have joy. Because my family is in a good place, I’m happy. Regardless of if we scream at, don’t speak to, or are estranged from each other, I am joyful because I trust God will heal and fix what’s broken.

Today, we’re thanking the Lord for regardless of moments! We all have them. The moments that are deemed not so favorable or fun to experience. Joy is not about what happens to us. It’s not related to if good things are happening or not. As children of God we are always joyful regardless of what's going on! We're joyful about the constant God who dwells in us!

What “regardless of” moment are you thankful for today?

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