With the word joy, a couple of questions come to mind:
What does joy mean to you?
Is joy the same as happiness?
If yes, how? If no, what’s the difference?
It’s a crazy world out there, terrible news every-day, economic situation not so great, is it possible to actually be joyful?
The dictionary defines joy as the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. Now, I don’t entirely agree with the definition, don’t get me wrong, it’s not exactly incorrect but I think joy is much deeper than what the definition proposes. I’d describe joy as an internal ecstasy that’s totally independent of external circumstances. I know that sounds odd, how is it possible to have joy even in the midst of not so joyful circumstances? Now, that’s where the difference between happiness and joy comes in. Happiness, I believe can be gotten from a variety of sources, external situations, material gains, people and a lot more. Earning a good degree would make me happy, getting a good job would make me happy, having a lot of money would make me happy and the list could go on and on but is it possible to not be joyful even in this state? I’d say yes, without contentment, without peace, joy would be impossible. What happens when I lose the job? or all the money? or something terrible just happens? of course I’m no longer happy, I’m really sad but can I still have joy in my soul? as cheesy as this sounds, yes, I can. This is because my joy isn’t dependent on mere material gains, on what I have or don’t have,on who I hang out with, my joy is from my Faith.
A joyful, cheerful heart brings healing to both body and soul. But the one whose heart is crushed struggles with sickness and depression. Pro 17:22
Don’t you think it’s preposterous that something has important to my wellbeing as that would be reliant on a fellow humans like me or on mere material gains?
Now, you tell me, where does your joy come from?