Somewhere along the way, the idea that happiness is a fleeting and even selfish pursuit lodged itself in my mind. It seemed to me, that the correct thing to pursue is joy. So when Crystal Paine shared about The Happiness Dare by Jennifer Dukes Lee during a Periscope broadcast I my ears perked up just a bit. Enough so that when I was offered the opportunity to receive the book in exchange for a review, I jumped at it.
It took me a couple of months to read the book, that joy idea being more deeply seated in my mind that I could imagine. And the joy vs happiness debate is still going on, as I try to grasp the beauty of each. It seems that to be happy is a less holy pursuit than that of joy. But this…
“Happiness is an outward expression of an inward joy that is found in Jesus.”
Well, that is something to think about. And then I came to this question. Is God happy? I honestly never have considered that the God of hope, who fills us with joy and peace, might be…happy.
And the next thing to consider, if God is a happy God, then why would He NOT desire me to be happy. Happy in Him, in the life He has given me. And interesting thought process to follow and explore.
So as I very slowly read this book, I became more interested in exploring the Happiness Dare. And I discovered some interesting things about myself. While I can’t say that the pursuit of happiness, or the full embrace of a Happiness Dare has taken firmly ahold of me, the idea is still there percolating.
What are your ideas on joy and on happiness?
Thank you to the Tyndale Blog Network for providing me with this book in exchange for my thoughts and musings.