Consider It Joy
by Chrissy Kay
I’ve been struggling with something this past month. Here lately, I’ve been trying to understand how I can be so unhappy at times, yet still have such faith.
I sometimes think that when we find Jesus and live our lives as we have been disciplined to, that we are supposed to always project happiness—but that is not the case at all.
What I’ve realized is that finding joy and happiness doesn't necessarily mean constantly being happy. Sadness certainly doesn’t equate to loss of faith. It is ok to be sad, and it is important to admit it. At times, I get really sad. Sometimes it lasts longer than a few days.
In my search to understand my struggle, I looked up the definition of some words. According to the Marriam-Webster Dictionary, ‘joy’ means the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires—and, as a verb, to experience great pleasure. One of the many definitions of ‘happy’ according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is, glad, or, pleased.
In comparison of the two words, ‘joy’ evokes much more power than ‘happy’, which, to me, seems to be just mediocre, and that makes sense. Joy is something I feel much deeper in my soul, and happiness follows.
When I pray about my sadness, instead of just waiting for it to go away, I feel joy more. James 1:2-4 says: “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.”
What this says to me is, just the thought of possessing what I desire (happiness and joy)—even through the struggles (sadness)—my faith will be tested. However, if I keep persevering and working through my struggles, I will grow from them, and will realize I already have everything I need.
My faith in Jesus restores me to wholeness, even if sometimes it takes a while to get back on track. Psalm 34:18 ESV says: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
About the Author
Chrissy Kay is the owner and founder of Glory and Grace Silks. Her background includes 12 years in the Housing and Property Management Industry, including: writing budgets, auditing financials, and maintaining residential occupancy when working onsite.
The hands-on learning she received during that time was invaluable knowledge which prepared her for the business aspect of owning and running her own company.
Today she spends her time designing and painting silk scarves, and art, and managing all aspects of her company.
You can read Chrissy’s column on the 2nd Tuesday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.