This spring, I am going to Disney World with some of my closest friends for my senior trip. This is a HUGE deal to me because it is (literally) the happiest place on earth. The trip makes me so happy.
I emphasize the word happy because there is a significant difference between happiness and joyfulness.
Happiness is, according to the world wide web, “The act of feeling or showing contentment or pleasure.” This feeling is temporary. The “happiness” that Jesus gives us in place of this is eternal. That’s why it has a whole different name: joy.
Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. Among love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control (Galatians 5:22-23). Fruits of the Spirit grow from having a close relationship with God. If we walk with Him, we will acquire all of these great qualities that will help to glorify His great name.