I recently watched the movie “Inside Out” with my young daughter, and she loves the character, Joy. I do, too, and it’s one of the main things that I am seeking on a day to day basis. We all know that we find what we are looking for, but how do you find joy when you are the LAST thing from joyful? We all know the answers we have heard to this question.
“It’s a mindset.”
“You find what you are looking for.”
These are all true and wonderful, don’t get me wrong. But when you have a three year old throwing a temper tantrum that rivals Veruca Salt in Walmart and you’ve been laid off earlier that week, and difficult people want to make life more…well…difficult; I am not #WonderWomanJoySeeker in that moment. On a more serious note, when someone you love is fighting to keep their life from a disease that seems certain to claim it; when you’ve had a miscarriage and all you wanted was to have a baby; when the love of your life tells you that he or she is seeing someone else and your relationship with them is terminated; it’s hard to find the joy in the situation when you are still finding your way as a Christian. Mentors are awesome, books are wonderful, the Bible is best. I will be totally transparent on this blog and say that there are a lot of things that I know in my head. It’s just making my heart KNOW them.
What is the definition of Joy, according to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary?
Full Definition of JOY
1 a : the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires : delight
b : the expression or exhibition of such emotion : gaiety
Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.
Hebrews 4:15-16The Message (MSG)
The High Priest Who Cried Out in Pain
14-16 Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
Here’s to joy, whatever it is to you. I hope and pray that God shows all of us what joy means to Him and what it should mean to us. We are in this journey together. Here’s to the three letter word that is freedom thanks to a sacrifice we may never fully understand. 🙂