By Georgia (Jo) Kent
‘I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart” (Where) Down in my heart (Where) Down in my heart to stay.’
What does the joy of the Lord mean? It’s not pretending that you have no problems and that everything is okay. It is recognition that God is present in all your successes, failures, disappointments, and dilemmas. Joy is the highest attainment of life. It’s even higher then happiness.
To understand God’s definition of joy and how it should look in our lives as Christians, we first need to learn how to let go of our need to need. Feel the reality that you already are enough, and that it is truly magnificent. Don’t worry about what will be or what won’t be. See and feel the limitless beauty of what is and the miracle of existence. Even the biggest problems are no match for the positive possibilities that fill your life.
“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalms 16:11
Embrace the joyful times in your life. Live them fully. A moment of true, unencumbered joy is worth more than pure gold. When you regularly lose yourself in joy, you will think more clearly, be more motivated, feel better and be healthier. When you have more joy in your own life, you have more to give others. By experiencing joy, you enable the true person inside you to come to life and it will add immensely to your life and the lives of those around you. Let yourself be joyful, without guilt. Learn to value the joyful moments and lose yourself in their richness.
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
To find the fullness of joy you must live in the presence of the Lord. When we remain connected to him through prayer, worship, walking in obedience, reading the word, sharing our love with family and fellowshipping with other Christians, we can experience a level of joy that the world cannot give to us. Let’s relish every moment of life as we live it and find joy in the journey. One day each of us will run out of tomorrows. We can all find joy when we keep our Heavenly Father as our guide.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23