Joy vs. Happiness

I have had my thoughts about the difference between Joy and Happiness for a while now. I started pondering this thought again after visiting a church near my daughters while celebrating Easter.

I went in and was greeted by members and I took a seat about 20 minutes prior to the service starting. It started and the worship team was on stage and began. I was really trying to get into the worship but the music was so loud (like a rock concert) I couldn’t hear the words to sing. I lasted about 15 minutes and grabbed my coat and left.

I believe joy and happiness is related to how we worship.

Joy comes from within us and happiness is around us, very different.

We become happy or unhappy from a feeling, usually from something we hear and other times from viewing something, these are the two most prominent but any of our senses can bring on happiness.

Joy is not related to a feeling, it’s what we have within us and comes from God. It’s the ability to have joy in a death, accident, bad news and other life’s situations.

Now, the correlation I was pondering was how joy, happiness and worship are related. We have all heard of endorphins, they are any of a group of hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system and having a number of physiological functions. They are peptides that activate the body's opiate receptors, causing an analgesic effect.

The reaction can cause happy feelings, we know feeling don’t last and can be good or false. This thought cause me to think of what was going on in that church I attended. Were they touching the throne and having the joy of the Lord or were they releasing endorphins from the music? People that go to rock concerts experience the release of endorphins which can set off many different emotions and cause them to engage in some good or bad actions.

I don’t believe that relying on endorphins to get us into a happy mood so we can touch the throne of God is necessary. If we have joy, we are more likely to touch the throne and come into the presence of the Lord without the endorphins brought on by the music.

Worship has many different ways to honor the Lord, there is the music and singing. It can also include our pray, the way we extend love to others, offerings we give and so on.

I would welcome any comments you have, email me.

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