I’ve never truly considered the idea that joy needs to be chosen. I’ve been told, “you need to choose joy,” but how could I possibly force myself to be happy and content in the midst of various circumstances? I used to think that joy would ultimately be handed to me simply because I had Jesus in my heart, and I found myself begging God to give me joy day after day, to show me something, and yet I woke up each morning in the same state of mind, failing to find joy in even the simplest of things.
Looking back now, I realize that I couldn’t experience joy in it’s full composition because I wasn’t attempting to experience it’s source in His fullest composition. Joy is not just a feeling–it is an orientation of the heart. And who is the only one in my life that could ever possibly fix my heart, filling it with an abundance of joy until it overflows into even the darkest recesses of my being? Jesus. The whole time I had got it wrong; I needed to do more than seek joy in the areas of my life, I needed to seek the face of Jesus.
If Christ is an enormous ocean of joy in its truest form, why are we merely searching around in the sand to find wet pieces to satisfy us? The real deal is in front of us, ready to be run to, while we still dally on the shore filling our buckets with smaller, temporary items.
In seeking more of my Savior, I must seek to know the wonders of His character; truly knowing someone is to have searched high and low the boundaries of their existence and found every part of their character. In this case, Christ’s existence is eternal and the qualities of His character are so many that I can spend my entire life learning more and more. It is the person of Christ that should be strived after to be known, because in doing this, we are striving after Joy Himself.
It is in the Source of joy that we will find joy. “You have made known to me the paths of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence.” Acts 2:28
Joy produces confidence, contentment, and hope….and I’ve never felt so hopeful as I have when I’ve sought the person of Christ, and all that His characters comprises.