Joy

Glass Onions in WaterGreat delight and happiness; gladness, feeling of well-being

One joy dispels a hundred cares. Confucius

Joy is not in things; it is in us. Richard Wagner

Joy is the feeling of grinning inside. Melba Colgrove

  Most of us prefer joy to gloom, doom and misery. Finding joy is something we want to do and accomplish. Do we really know what it is; do we even know how to look for it; and are we looking for it in the right places?

Joy is not a rare gem to be found as we walk in a field and see it shimmering in the distance. We are not likely to find it on top of a mountain peak we risked our life to climb. Achieving success or gaining wealth will not by itself provide us joy as an added bonus or as a “get one get one free”. Joy must happen from the inside out.

Joy is something that manifests from within. It is not something we find but is more likely a decision, a realization or a metamorphosis. It is not so much a profound revelation as a sense of wisdom and understanding that finally floats upward. It is more like seeing a beautiful sunrise than receiving a special delivery message. Even though mountain top experiences and very special moments may bring special moments of joy, lasting joy it is more likely to reveal itself when we least expect it or when we are alone, quiet and introspective.

Joy is happiness, gladness and feelings of well-being. It is a state of mind; similar to having a success attitude or a positive understanding of what it takes to live life. In many respects these are related. It is not so much something achieved as it is a decision or understanding. It can happen as the cumulative effects of wisdom and understanding coming from all our life’s experiences. Some of us see this and understand it, while many never seem to get a clue. There are elements of joy that comes from living in the moment, spotting and taking time to smell the roses, and realizing that there is beauty and good all around. It requires focusing in on the moment and taking time to see and enjoy. Freedom, patience, and perseverance are integral parts of being joyful. It is difficult to experience joy while under too much pressure, in too big a hurry, and always feeling there is always too much on our plate. Being joyful is a decision that must come from within. We find it by looking inside us, not outside.

Challenge: Are you ready for some joy in your life? It requires changing attitudes and priorities. It may require shifting gears and living life at a different speed. With the accelerator always on the floor, you do not have time to experience the things that bring joy. It requires living life at a speed where you can observe, think, understand and enjoy what you see and experience. It is quality over quantity. Slow down and experience some joy in life.

Wisdom: We should all do what in the long run gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry. E.B. White

Spiritual: (NIV)

The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

There is absolutely nothing equivalent to the real joy that comes from knowing our eternal future is safe and secure. We can be assured that our future is guaranteed and fearing failure is not anything we should worry about. There is freedom from fear, doubt, and the pressures of daily living. God wants to bestow his blessings upon us. These are the things that will flow to us if we will start listening and follow God’s loving guidance.

Prayer: Help me to exemplify joy in my life and help me be a good witness and example to others in doing so.

 

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