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Monday, May 18, 2009

Joy, Happiness, and a New Puppy

Tomorrow night our youngest child, Tyler, will graduate from Kindergarten. He has wanted a puppy for quite a while (the other three kids have, too). So, as a surprise, for his graduation gift, we got him a puppy. Of course, the little puppy will be for all of us to enjoy.

After school we took the kids out in the backyard and one of them spotted the little fur ball, then the others noticed him. They were all so happy to have this new little puppy for a pet!

Pets can make children happy. Things can make children happy. In fact, pets and material things can make adults happy, too! But pets and material possessions can not bring joy to our lives. True joy comes from inside us because of our relationship with Jesus.

I really like these quotes about happiness versus joy. I found them in a book, but can not remember which one, or I would give the lady credit for it! But, her thoughts about joy are great:

Happiness or Joy?
Happiness is feeling good because of what happens to you.
Joy is a delight coming from within you.
1. Happiness is external. Joy is internal.
2. Happiness is based on chance. Joy is based on choice.
3. Happiness is based on circumstances. Joy is based on Christ.

The happiness that a new pet or a new possession brings will go away. It will not last. It is something that will have a beginning and an end. But, our relationship with Jesus never has to end. We can choose to turn our lives over to Him and become Christians. We can have the true joy that is internal, the true joy that is based upon the choice we make to become a Christian, and the true joy that is based upon Jesus, our Savior.

So, for this Gratituesday (visit to read more about Gratituesday at the link), I am grateful for the happiness the new little puppy has brought to my children, but I am especially grateful for the joy that Christians can know, which is based upon knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior.


Jenn @ Beautiful Calling said...

So very true! Love the thoughts on joy. I also love the pic of the puppy!

Beth@Not a Bow in Sight said...

What a beautiful post! And your blog is beautiful too :) Happy Tuesday!


It Feels Like Chaos said...

Beautiful sharing! How fun to have a new puppy! My oldest just graduated Kindergarten. We have an old dog, but when my littler kids are a bit older I do plan to get them a puppy. There is just something wonderful about sharing the experience of getting and caring for a puppy! Can't wait to share that experience with my kids!

shopannies said...

that is because a pet is like welcoming a new family member or at least that is how I feels

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