Day 2: Write about what makes you happy, from the little joys to the huge game-changers.
There are a numerous amount of things that make me happy. Today alone, being able to surprise a coworker (successfully) for her birthday with the best tres leches cake that Houston has to offer, makes me happy. (FYI: El Bolillo is the place. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.) I love seeing the joy that shines from people’s faces when noisemakers are blown. I love balloons, conveying celebration. I love it when it rains. I love the raindrops on the window pane. If I were at home right now, I would be watching the rain, through a window, with a good book. My coworkers and I speaking in British accents makes me happy.
Before today ends, I know I can list a few more things that make me happy. After work, I am going to meet with some sweet girls and discuss God’s precious word and how to live life according to His example. (2 Timothy 3 is rocking my world!!! Go check it out!) We will be meeting at a nook of one of my favorite coffee shops, Boulevard Coffee, in one of my favorite neighborhoods in Houston, the Heights. I anticipate a Mexican coke making me happy. I anticipate vulnerability. I anticipate fellowship. I anticipate growth.
The difference between happiness and joy is happiness is usually dependent on things outside of ourselves, such as the things I listed above. But happiness is fleeting. Let me tell you who gives me unspeakable joy, which is more permanent, which is more rooted.
My joy comes from the One who has captured my heart and has promised to never let go. (Deuteronomy 31:8)
My joy comes from the belief and faith in our Creator. (Romans 15:13)
My joy comes from knowing that I am chosen and I am His. (John 15:6; 1 Peter 2:9)
Jesus is my joy, my strength, and my foundation.
He’s gracious enough to give me the small things that make me happy. And for that I am grateful. But if all of those things were to disappear, Jesus is all I will ever need in this world. And if I have nothing, he’s my everything.