Today on the blog, a guest post from @mafeinberg: "Why Christians are Wrong about Joy"
Many Christians argue that being joyful is better than being happy—and they’re dead wrong. Over the years, I’ve listened to countless sermons suggesting that joy is the ultimate prize and happiness is a booby trap. Steer clear. Those cheery feelings are waiting for an opportune moment to pull a bait-and-switch on you. And you’ll be sorry. Perhaps the pastor never put it in those terms, but that felt like the takeaway. Joy rises above circumstances. Happiness will sink you. I spent decades giving the stink eye to happiness and waiting for joy to take up residence in my life. But I was never confident if joy was at home in me. Maybe she was napping in the guest room or hiding in a closet. Joy always felt elusive. Three years ago, I decided to reexamine all I’d be taught. I paired studying the more than 400 references to joy and happiness throughout the Scripture with recent ...