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Happiness is supposed to be a part of this season. We sing happy songs, get some time off, eat Holiday food and get "stuff." Sometimes we move from getting to giving and enjoy the delight of a gift well given. Quite often though there is a sense of unhappiness just underneath the surface. We can see it in people's eyes at the store. The reports of domestic disturbance go up and we realize that a lot of this so called happiness may well be fabricated. Is there more?
There is a difference between happiness and joy...
Happiness is based on circumstances. Joy is a calm delight rooted in reality, that with God, all is well.
See John 16:19-24.
Spend some time this week thinking about your view of Heaven and specifically about God. Does the joy of Heaven cause an "upward and outward" response for you? Why or why not?