Showing posts from January, 2016

Happiness vs. Joy

I recently read this phase on the internet:   The search for true happiness can be like chasing the wind or trying to hold water in your hand.    These two tasks are nearly impossible.   Wind can’t be caught and the hand eventually will spill its liquid to the ground.   Happiness is often short lived and fast moving, and determined by our outward circumstances.  If good things are happening then we're happy; financial security—happy, popularity—happy, healthy—happy.   As long as the road is level and smooth we are happy, but when we hit a bumpy road- look out -happiness can be fleeting.       Joy is something God puts in our hearts, and it's not affected by our external environment .  You can have the joy of the Lord in the most difficult of circumstances.  Your happiness may be affect by loss of employment or a bad report from the doctor, but the kind of joy that Jesus prays over us in John 17:13 is that we would have His joy —internal and unaffected by th

The Humblest

I have the joy of a lesser role in the upbringing of grandchildren than I did with my children.  The burden of shaping and molding these little personalities is a parental task.  Recently, I watched one of my precious little ones learn a lesson in humility.  He was being taught by his father.   On Christmas morning he opened a gift with ten $1 dollar bills.  He screamed with glee.  Soon he was feeling much like a millionaire.  He couldn't stop asking personal money questions or fanning his money around for all to see.  He was fairly certain he had more money than anyone else in the world.  His father quietly instructed him that we don't fan our money around or ask people how much money they have.  We put it away.   It's not nice to do that and people don't like it.     Everything in our human makeup causes us to strive to be the best of the best.  It can be a tightrope walk learning the right mix of being that person who understands how to be a humble w