How? How is it possible to be joyful all of the time? Life is hard! There are disappointments. Must we go through life smiling like vapid fools, fostering Pollyanna personalities? No! Joy isn’t a smile or a giddy need to laugh. It isn’t a temporary feeling, dependent on external conditions – though it is possible to feel the effects of joy. I think joy is more an underlying condition, the subtext to our life. Practically speaking, it is a fruit of the spirit and therefore it is possible to increase our capacity for joy through practicing virtue.
“The joy of the Lord is our strength.” (Neh. 8:10)
Joy comes from living in God’s love, from making the True, Good, and Beautiful our priority. It comes from dismissing barriers to God from our life. Joy comes from putting:
It may come across as trite when stitched into a needlework sampler, but the truth of it remains: the more we are able to put God first, the less we can be shaken by earthly troubles. And that is where joy bubbles up in a continuing spring.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice! (Phil 4:4)