After some consideration, I have decided to rename my happiness project. So from here on, I will refer to it as “Finding Pure Joy”. The idea of being happy is great, but why settle for happiness when you can have joy. I am on a quest to find pure joy.
Habakkuk 3:17-18 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.
How I long to have a heart that rejoices in the Lord even in the midst of calamity and chaos. To have a heart that is joyful in God through times of trials.
James 1:2-6 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
God, teach me to “consider it pure joy” when things get tough, that I might persevere when my faith is being tested. Guide me on this endeavor to find pure joy.