Sometimes its hard to feel happy. I don’t think it is appropriate to be happy all the time. But I think joy is something different to happiness. It doesn’t depend on circumstances like happiness does. My joy comes from knowing the truth. From knowing that I am so loved by my Heavenly Father that he would send his son to die on a cross for me. (That is why Good Friday is so good!) The penalty for my rebellion against God has been paid by Jesus. I have been forgiven, accepted. I no longer owe anything. I no longer have to try to prove myself to be good enough – no more striving in vain. My debt has been paid in full and I am free. Free to live a thankful life full of joy.
So even when things are bad, I make myself chose joy.