A while back a friend asked me what I thought "happiness" was.
As I read this, I felt a little convicted. Thought I would share:
"Everyone wants to be happy. Often we make it a lifelong pursuit by spending money, traveling to new places, and experiencing new and exciting things. But this kind of happiness depends on positive circumstances. What happens then when your circumstances are not so positive? Often your happiness disappears and your despair sets in. In bold contrast to happiness stands joy. You have joy because you know that God is at work in your life despite of your circumstances. True joy comes from knowing Christ personally and from depending on His strength rather than your own."