Spring is almost here! I can hardly wait! In the seasons of life, Spring is birth. Many think that January 1 is the time for renewal because of the new calendar year. Nature, however, doesn’t work from a calendar, it operates by seasons. It’s hard not to be happy during spring. The birds are happy. The animals are happy. The plants and flowers are happy. The children are happy. Hence the term “spring fever.” Why? Because it’s finally warm! How about you? Are you happy? What is the definition of happiness anyway? Is there a difference between happiness and joy? Are they synonymous? If given the choice, which one would you choose? I heard it once said that happiness depends on what happens to us, but joy, that’s a whole other level. Finding joy can be difficult if you’re not ordinarily an up-beat person. Joy doesn’t mean you’re happy or feeling good all the time. That’s impossible! Joy is more a state of mind. Joy is a settled assurance, a quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright. Of course, you can’t have joy without contentment. Knowing that “this, too, shall pass,” is enough to help me through most days. It is easier to find joy if you know there is a new season coming! Most people think of life as hills and valleys, but it’s really more like train tracks. Sadness, sickness and sorrow runs parallel to happiness, health and joy. However, if you stand between the train tracks and look into the distance, you will notice that they merge into one. Life is like that. It takes the good and the bad to make a complete life. For me, prayer is my “go to” in situations I cannot control. I’m reminded of a line in an old Baptist hymn, “Oh, what peace we often forfeit. Oh, what needless pain we bear. All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” If you find yourself in the winter of life right now, hang on! Spring is almost here!! And by the way, I think I’ll choose joy.
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