Quote of the day

8 04 2008

“Joy is a much sought-after quality of life… Joy comes with giving away – losing, not gaining.”
– Evelyn Christenson

It’s on my calendar, and I’ve been staring at it all day. We think of being happy as the essence of being joyful, but the latter is much more substantial. When we consider the definition of the noun ‘joy,’ we’d be forgiven if we thought it was a fleeting sensation:

  1. Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness.
    1. The expression or manifestation of such feeling.
  2. A source or an object of pleasure or satisfaction: their only child, their pride and joy. 
    (from www.answers.com/joy)

But when we look at the definition in the Bible, joy is not something that fleeting, that passes like the mist of the day. It’s the sense that God knows who we are, where we are, as well as what we break over and yearn for… there are so many things. I’ve been thinking about it a lot, because this is an area that I can’t grow up on – I find myself holding a grudge over not waking up one morning magically transformed into a joyful, exuberant person, like Giselle from Enchanted. She wakes up in Robert’s appartment the morning after appearing in the modern world, conquers her fear and disgust at the unfamiliarity of the flat, and metaphorically rolls up her sleeves to get to work, cleaning.

Cleaning.

But there’s still joy, and it’s infectious, contagious and drastic. Like an illness that spreads uncontrollably, joy affects people and draws them closer to their Maker, the maker of this emotion.

And that is why we long for joy. That is why we seek it out. It’s the very reason for which we endlessly pursue joy.

 

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