Happiness and Joy: Are They Identical?

 

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Happiness is not the same as joy.

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Happiness depends on circumstances. Joy is above circumstances.

Happiness is like a roller-coaster going up and down, even by the moment.  Joy is like a deep well that never runs dry.

Happiness is external. Joy is internal.

Happiness comes from what happens to me. Joy comes from Yeshua the Messiah Who lives in me. 

Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.

         ` ~ Habakkuk 3:17-18

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Shaping Your Circumstances

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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One of the greatest gifts God gave you is the freedom to choose. How you use this freedom will determine your failure or success in life.

No matter what your past has been—whether you’re from Yale or jail—YOU can choose to make your future. YOU decide whether you will be a grasshopper or a giant in life.

Becoming a giant means being willing to change. It means being willing to give up negative habits and to replace them with positive ones. But the long-term rewards far outweigt the sacrifices. Indeed, as Zig Ziglar, well-known motivational speaker, used to say, “You don’t pay a price for success; you enjoy its benefits.”

Begin today to enjoy the benefits of success by getting rid of negative habits that have caused you to fail. Decide to take charge of your life.

Taking charge of your life begins with accepting full responsibility for your actions. It’s so easy to blame your parents, your environment, or your childhood circumstances for failure in your life. The truth is that YOU ALONE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS.

For many people, this is a truth too painful to admit. It’s much easier to find a scapegoat for failure. Acknowledging your total responsibility for your actions, however, frees you and puts you well on the road to success.

Remember: It’s not your past that matters; it’s how you react to your past. Likewise, it’s not your present situation that matters’ it’s how you respond to that situation.

NOTE: This post is excerpted from Dr. MaryAnn’s book, YOU WERE MADE FOR GREATNESS, available in Kindle and Audiobook formats.
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Questions: 1) How are you responding to your current problems? 2) What do you need to change, if anything, about your responses?

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