Joel Osteen: You Can Be Happier Than You Are

Joel Osteen talks about not letting the little things steal your joy. Don't let things that don't matter rob you of happiness.

RobertT48

09/22/2011 11:18:10 AM

Joel Osteen talks about being happy, but there's a significant difference between happiness and joy. Happiness relates to happenings. When disagreeable things happen, I might feel unhappy, sad or distressed. But if our hope is anchored in Jesus Christ - and not ourselves or our own capabilities - we still can experience joy that transcends our circumstances. I don't believe God in the Bible promises us happiness. We live in a broken, sin-scarred world, so there's going to be plenty to make us unhappy, at least at times. But the joy He promises is anchored in hope - confident assurance, earnest expectation - that the Lord is in control and is actively pursuing our best interests, even when it doesn't seem that way. As believers, we can have true hope. All non-believers can have is "hope-so."

Advertisement

Advertisement

Subscribe to our FREE newsletter! manage account
Sign up now to start receiving the most popular newsletters, updates and exclusive offers from Beliefnet.

Advertisement

DiggDeliciousNewsvineRedditStumbleTechnoratiFacebook