Joy vs. Happiness


I can say that I never knew what joy was like
until I gave up pursuing happiness,
or cared to live until I chose to die.
For these two discoveries I am beholden to Jesus.
~ Malcolm Muggeridge, British Broadcaster


I thought the first phrase of this quote was so apt.
You’ve probably heard the old saying about happiness being like a butterfly,
that when you quit pursuing it, it may come and sit on your shoulder.
But this makes me ponder the difference between happiness and joy.

I also remember hearing a quote that money may not buy happiness…
but it sure can rent it for awhile! 

That is a cute thought, but what it’s really saying is that
maybe money can buy happiness.
However, it isn’t happiness that we all desire so deeply.
It’s joy.
And money certainly can’t buy JOY.

Happiness is something that is fleeting
while joy is enduring

That’s why we are to consider it JOY when we have trials.  (James 1:2)
Trials surely don’t sound like a happy thing,
but it is an opportunity to find eternal gain
which is
true joy.

Wishing you Joy in your journey today~




About dayuntoday

I'm a wonderer. I spend a lot of time mulling, pondering, and cogitating. This is just a place to park some of those thoughts.
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6 Responses to Joy vs. Happiness

  1. Nice! I did a post a while back with that same title lol. So many confuse happiness with Joy, no wonder so many feel like they are on a rollercoaster ride in life. You can be happy, but joyless. That’s a sad state to be in.

  2. proudmom87 says:

    Amen! I wish you joy, too!

  3. BooksForMe says: just saw this story.  It reminded me of the discussion on poverty a few weeks ago.  And, it is mildly related to this post, too, I think. 

  4. Malcolm Muggeridge is certainly an inspiration.  A very good friend of Mother Teresa’s, when she would work on him to join her church, Malcolm would reply that he knew too much about it’s history to oblige her.

  5. homefire says:

    @UnworthyofHisgrace – @proudmom87 – Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!    You should check out BooksForMe’s link!@BooksForMe – That is the most amazing story!  Pretty cool attitude–so neat that he sees it so clearly!@THE_LORDS_FREEMAN – What a great comeback! 

  6. Hutch5 says:

    love that quote – i always think of Ravi Zacharias when i see the name Malcolm Muggeridge.. he quotes him all the time. 🙂 thanks for the reminder that often what we seek in life to bring us joy- doesn’t. it’s only found in Jesus Christ!! that’s a lesson i need to learn over and over again~ 🙂

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