Not too long ago I was at an event; each of the servers had a t-shirt describing their function. One of the T-shirts really caught my attention; it read “Happiness Consultant.

I wondered what this guy did, but wasn’t brave enough to ask.

I think in the day to day we forget that instead of pursuing happiness we should be pursuing joy. That’s the big difference between a life in the world and a life in Christ. The world offers for us happiness, apparently even hires people to tell us how to achieve it.

You may wonder what the difference between happiness and joy is. Happiness is a temporary state of well-being, where we feel satisfied or motivated for a period of time, but it’s not sustainable. If the conditions providing the feeling of elation change, so does the state of happiness. Joy is the knowledge and conviction that everything is fine. You’re trusting in God to make everything work for your good, and you trust He’s doing that even when things don’t look positive. Joy doesn’t depend on circumstances; it depends on God.

Before hiring a happiness consultant let me give you a money saving secret. The Word of God will provide you with Joy – yes, the permanent one – instead of just happiness. Once the Word of God is in you, all you have to do is be still and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your soul. Regardless of what your eyes see you will have that joy.

As I said before, I didn’t ask the happiness consultant many details about his job, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that he charges by the hour. A bible, which contains the Word of God, is far less expensive. I’ve seen some for even a dollar. If you’re reading this, it means that you have access to the internet; therefore you don’t even have to invest a dime. There are websites like www.biblegateway.com and www.bible.com where you can read the bible online for free. If you have a phone with access to the internet, there’s an app called YouVersion that has the bible for free for you to carry with you.  The application includes almost every version available to mankind. Salvation and joy are free, Jesus already paid the price.

So why settle for that which is temporary when you can have what is eternal?

“The joy of the LORD is your strength.”

Nehemiah 8:10

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About Naty Matos

Naty Matos was born in the city of New York, from Puerto Rican descendant parents. She grew up in the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico and now lives in the city of Atlanta.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a Minor in Mass Media Communications and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling.

Naty writes Christian fiction and non-fiction. She’s the author of the live changing devotional Growth Lessons. She maintains a blog on Christian Living Topics at www.therisingmuse.com

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