"You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:11
For many of us it is an elusive quality that we just can't get a good grasp on.
Is joy the same thing as happiness? Can I choose to be joyful, or am I overtaken by joy?
It's confusing. And there is no escaping the ides of joy at this time of year.
Christmas is called the season of joy. I don't know about you but there is a part of me that expects to feel extra joyful during this time of year, but I am often left disappointed. Perhaps it's because of the busy schedule, or the high expectations I have for this season, but it's also very possible that I don't have a good grasp on joy because I don't really understand what it is, where it comes from, and how to possess it.
So what is true joy?
We've all heard it said that joy is different than happiness. It reaches a depth that happiness never can.