Guest Post // Joy in Surrender

Hey guys,

I’m Hannah from thestripedplaid.com, and I’m so excited to be guest posting on here today! 😊 When Hadassah reached out to me, wondering if I’d be willing to guest post on Joyfully You, I was like YESS! And then when she asked if I’d be willing to post something about joy, I was like OH YEAH! xD

Anyway, when we think of joy, I think that we often mix it up with happiness. But honestly, joy and happiness are SO different. I mean yes, they do have similar meanings (they’re not complete opposites), but there are some distinct differences between them. 

According to diffen.com, happiness is an emotion in which one experiences feelings ranging from contentment and satisfaction to bliss and intense pleasure.

Whereas, it says that joy is a stronger, less common feeling than happiness. Witnessing or achieving selflessness to the point of personal sacrifice frequently triggers this emotion. Feeling spiritually connected to a god or people. (As Christians, we feel connected to the One True God, Jesus Christ.)

Basically, it’s saying that happiness is caused by earthly experiences or material objects, whereas joy is caused by spiritual experiences, caring for others, gratitude, and thankfulness. 

Joy happens when we focus on others or things that are beyond ourselves.

So now that we have a clearer sense of what joy is, let’s move on to the real topic of this post: joy in surrender.

Now, you may be asking, “How on earth can we have joy when we surrender something?” 

But remember, happiness is dependent on earthly things, but joy is an inward peace and contentment. In other words, we can choose to be joyful, no matter our circumstances.

I’ll be honest. I’ve been holding something with a death grip for almost 3 years. I was looking to be happy and I thought that this thing would make me happy. And then when it didn’t work, I manipulated, and it didn’t work again. This cycle went on and on. 

Until one day, about a month ago, I realized that I had to let go. I had to surrender.

I was sick of doing things my way, and ready to start trusting God. I knew, deep down throughout those 3 years that God was the only thing that could make me happy, but I didn’t want to have to rely on God. I wanted to rely on myself. I wanted to be responsible for making my happiness. 

But it doesn’t work that way. If we look to money, a career, a relationship, fame, friends, popularity or really anything other than God, we will never be completely satisfied.

Sure, we will experience happiness throughout that. But we’ll never have true joy or even lasting happiness. 

It’s like a roller coaster, one minute we’re happy, then next minute we’re at a super low point. We just keep going up and down. 

I want to be like a marathon runner. I want to keep going and going strong until I reach the finish line: heaven. I don’t want to be a roller coaster, going up and down constantly, with no particular motive except to make myself happy.

What do you want to be?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hannah is a teen Christian girl over at thestripedplaid.com. She loves crafting, is a scrunchie lover, Etsy seller, photographer, ENTJ & enneagram type 3, homeschooled HS freshman, and music lover, amongst other things!

4 thoughts on “Guest Post // Joy in Surrender

  1. Magaidh Bryan says:

    This was helpful, thank you!! I’ve been holding onto some with “a death grip” in a way too…bit even with your wonderful advice it’s still hard for me to “let it go”, in a way, because I’ve always felt that it was the Lord’s chief purpose for my life; I desperately want to get married. That sounds SO silly doesn’t it?? But it’s SO VERY HARD!!

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