How many times have you longed for joy or wondered how to get more joy in your life?
How many times have you said that if only this changed or if that were different then you would know what joy truly is? Only to find out when you got what you wanted that the joy faded after a while?
You search for something to fulfill you; give you purpose, and make you happy and joyful, but it doesn’t seem to matter what you try. It doesn’t bring those things.
You live your life in chaos and drama and wonder how you could ever find joy in the midst of it.
You struggle with depression or anger and wonder if those are the only things that you will ever feel.
You want joy, a true lasting joy, but are unsure how to pursue it.
Can I tell you the secret to having true joy in your life?
True joy is not going to be found in the circumstances of your life. It won’t be found in having that new car or house or in your dream job.
True joy can only come from following Jesus Christ. It is based in our relationship with Christ and can be seen in us even in the hard times.
In fact, true joy is usually where we get our strength to get through those hard times. (Read Nehemiah 8:10 and Psalm 28:7.) When you find your joy in Christ, then it doesn’t matter what your circumstances are you will always have joy.
As followers of Christ, most of us know or recognize that if we want to be joyful we need to make our relationship with Him a priority, but we still struggle with it. I think that it is because we have tied joy so closely to the emotion of happiness that we don’t always recognize it when it is there.
I recently saw a quote from Kay Warren’s book Choose Joy. It said:
“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 all right, and the determined choice to praise God in all things.”
The secret to joy? It is recognizing Christ in all circumstances. It is determining to praise God even in the midst of chaos, drama, and depression because you know that He has got this.
Want joy? Look to Jesus.