VoD: Joy

Have you ever met someone that seemed overly burderned? One who is overly exhausted and can’t except the moments they see in others lives. The type of person who seems to take joy away from others for the sake of not being able to know what joy is for themselves. Don’t become that kind of person. Know always that the Lord is with you and be joyful in that knowledge. Joy in the Lord is so overwhelmed that we will not want to seek it above all things. However, the world is capable of deceiving our perceptions. Hiding in the frustrations of daily work and short-term requirements of life keeps us removed from the Joy that is to be given. Many of us seek ephemeral happiness and pleasure instead of eternal Joy.

CS Lewis explains it this way in his autobiography, Surprised by Joy:

In a sense the central story of my life is about nothing else… The quality common to the three experiences… is that of an unsatisfied desire which is itself more desirable than any other satisfaction. I call it Joy, which is here a technical term and must be sharply distinguished both from Happiness and Pleasure. Joy (in my sense) has indeed one characteristic, and one only, in common with them; the fact that anyone who has experienced it will want it again… I doubt whether anyone who has tasted it would ever, if both were in his power, exchange it for all the pleasures in the world. But then Joy is never in our power and Pleasure often is.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
Philippians 4:4 ESV