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Embracing the mantra of ‘We shall find joy,’ spoken by an incredible poet friend who cherished the past, has provided solace during my darkest days and saddest moments. However, this morning, my girlfriend’s words have transformed my understanding of joy.
Because I cannot keep it to myself, I am sharing it with you. Let’s address a common misconception that many of us fall prey to – the idea that joy is something we eagerly await, hoping for a future moment when it will finally arrive. But what if I told you that joy has been with you all along?
Joy is coming; Is it?
Apologies in advance if I shatter any illusions, but the truth is that joy does not reside solely in the future. It is not some distant morning we must wait for; rather, it has been right here beside us all this time. Of course, this is true if you have accepted the Lordship of Christ.
The concept of hope is often misapplied, leading us to place our expectations in the wrong moments and circumstances. We tend to think that joy will come with the fulfillment of certain desires or the resolution of our problems. However, true joy does not rely on external factors; it is an internal state that can be accessed regardless of our circumstances.
As Christians, we are blessed with the presence of the Holy Spirit within us. Through the Holy Spirit, we receive numerous benefits, one of which is joy. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit that we have graciously been given. Consequently, we have the ability to radiate joy, love, peace, and other fruits in every aspect of our lives if we remain conscious of it.
Think of it like our brains working while we sleep. We might not feel its activity, but it is constantly functioning. Similarly, joy is not hiding away, waiting for the night to pass before making an appearance. It resides within us, always ready to be activated, even during the most challenging moments when our moods may not be at their best.
The wonderful news is that as long as you are in Christ, joy is not a fleeting visitor. It does not come and go; rather, it remains stationed with you until the Lord returns. So, instead of longing for joy to arrive in some distant future, let us focus our energy on being conscious of the joy that already dwells within us.
Take a moment to reflect on the source of your joy. Remember that it is not dependent on your circumstances, but rather on your connection to Christ. Embrace the knowledge that joy is yours to claim and express. Allow it to permeate every area of your life, uplifting and inspiring those around you.
May you find comfort and strength in the abiding joy that is yours as a child of God. As we move forward, let us strive to live each day, knowing that joy is not merely coming—it is already here.
Wishing you abundant joy and blessings,