Joy is a Way of LifePosted: August 2, 2008
I heard an interesting phrase the other day. I believe it was from Ravi Zacharrias. He said,
“Joy is a way of life. It’s a disposition one takes, not just a momentary feeling.”
That statement is profound in so many ways. For one thing, it’s in contrast to everything this world teaches us about happiness and joy. They say it’s just around the corner and you can get it if you just work hard enough, pay enough, or know enough people. In our culture, joy is something you obtain and it’s a moment that you live in. People seek joy in so many things, but what they’re ultimately seeking is a momentary joy. A joy that only lasts as long as you can remember it or keep it up. They seek joy in that afternoon meeting with their best friend over a cup of coffee. They seek joy on a Friday night date with the girl they’ve been getting to know at the office. Or they even seek joy in a Hollywood blockbuster. But sooner or later, that joy fleets away and you find yourself back on the road to finding joy again. That’s where I think we got it all wrong.
We’re seeking the moment of joy, instead of the life of joy. A joy-filled life realizes that it’s not about how much we can do, how much we can amass, or even how much we can consume to feel that moment of elation. Rather a joy-filled life seeks to be in a disposition of joy. And that joy is found solely in the person of Jesus Christ, who suffered the pains, so we could take delight in the joys. If we’re looking for a joy-filled life, we need Jesus. If we’re looking for moments of joy, you’re on your own.