Happy New Year?

According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, Happiness is defined as “a state of well-being and contentment.”   Many of us ring in the new year with this greeting on our lips.  Happy…..what does it mean to be happy?  And what constitutes a “happy year”?  Does it mean a year with no pain?  A year without losing someone you love? Without sacrificing something that is dear to you?  We often take advantage of the fresh start to better ourselves in some way. That’s where New Year’s Resolutions come in. So is that what makes a good year?  Bettering ourselves in some way?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’ve ever had a year that was devoid of pain and suffering to some degree.  Every year I look back and think, “I wish I would have done this.” or “I could have done that better.” Yet, looking back, I can also see how the Lord has grown me through every single one of those trials and pains.  Was it always a happy time?  No. But I can honestly say that God has given me JOY!  Back to the dictionary, Joy is defined as “a source of happiness”.  Yup.  It’s possible to have JOY even though we may not be going through the happiest of times.

Psalm 126:5,6 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.  He that goeth forth and weepest, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

John 15:11  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Isaiah 61:10  I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself in ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

John 16:22  And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

I know many of you (us) are already experiencing some of these pains and sorrows, and the year has just begun! But what a blessing to know that we can have JOY inspite of these things.

May I wish you a JOYFUL NEW YEAR!