Joy. What does joy look like? What does joy mean to you? Joy to me looks like a smile on a face. Joy looks like a positive attitude. Joy looks like a positive mindset. Joy looks like a choice.
You know that saying, “Do what makes you happy.”? Yeah, me too. Can we step back and take that saying in for a second? Wow. Like wow. Never have I read between the lines so much. DO what makes YOU happy. Not what makes your boyfriend or girlfriend happy. Not what makes your mom or dad happy. Not what makes your friends happy. Do what makes you happy. Simple as that.
I think our culture has forgotten that joy – true joy – is a necessity to life. We are brought down so much in our day to day lives by the troubles of this world or our lives that we forget how to find joy in every part of our days. We consistently put aside our own joy to focus on the big picture, the destination that which we are striving for, that we forget how truly beautiful the journey is. We neglect the small joys and small successes of our lives. We only have our eyes set on an end goal, whether that be graduating college, marriage, a child, landing a new job, or building that dream house. We are consumed by that goal and ignore the happenings of every day life. We ignore what is going on in our lives because we are so set on the future and what we want. “If I can get there, if I can do this, if I can do that, then I will be happy.” If we were to set our eyes on Christ, imagine all that we could see! Imagine all the joy that would be in our hearts. Imagine all of the love and compassion that would be built up in us.
True joy is not found in earthly things, but in Christ. Colossians 3:1-4 says “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (ESV)
Choose joy, my friends. Choose Christ.