When people are asked to define what joy is or what joy looks like it is often described in terms of being happy or upbeat or feeling good. I am learning that definition sounds more like feelings and a definition of happy then a definition of joy. To me joy is more consistent then our feelings…feelings come and go, up or down quickly. One only has to be a fan of any sport to understand how quickly feelings come and go and change. When the outcome of victory or defeat changes so do the feelings of the fans. Joy is more then a feeling…it is more of a sense of confidence and belief that even when things are really not going well we can still be assured that things will improve or we will find a way to go forward. This true joy can’t be achieved on our own it is only grasped as a part of faith in God, relationship with Jesus and an understanding that no matter where you are or what is going on, God is with you every step of the way. Ask the Lord to help you find this Joy. May God’s peace be with you.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
(This photo was taken in August of 2016 near Dillon, Colorado)