Finding Deep Joy in a Sad, Shallow World

~ Dr. Larry E. Dixon

Finding Deep Joy in a Sad, Shallow World (A Study of Philippians) Part 2 (Joy and Happiness)

How would you distinguish between JOY and HAPPINESS? For many people, they are the same. But “deep joy,” lasting joy, is more solid, more permanent, than the flitting feeling of giddiness sometimes bestowed by our stingy culture.

True, deep JOY goes beyond circumstances. It is deeper than the vicissitudes of life. [I knew that “vicissitudes” was a word, but I had to look up the spelling]. Vicissitudes are “successive, alternating, orchanging phases or conditions, as of life or fortune; ups and downs.” JOY transcends the ups and downs of life.

But this kind of profound JOY is not the same as stoicism, a gritting-of-one’s-teeth to resignedly toughen out life. This kind of JOY recognizes life’s tragedies, catastrophes, and collapses, but remains steadfast and permanent and accessible.

Continue at: https://larrydixon.wordpress.com/2019/04/23/finding-deep-joy-in-a-sad-shallow-world-a-study-of-philippians-part-2-joy-and-happiness/

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