Sometimes, I am not really smart, but at present I know something better than the dictionary.
When I asked my computer to define joy, it said a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
Well, that is wrong.
Joy isn’t a feeling.
Sometimes, joy can put a smile on your face because it makes you feel happy.
But often joy is the deep down knowing that I am a child of God even when I am unhappy.
When my daddy died, I was extremely sad. But I still had my joy.
I may not have a smile on my face all of the time. I may not be able to show joy 24 hours a day, but it doesn’t mean joy isn’t inside.
We cannot see God, but we do see evidence of Him.
You may not see joy in another person, but you may see the evidence of it. The way they treat others, the way they do a job, or the way they leave a place better than they found it.
So, the next time you see a Christ follower who isn’t showing joy on his or her face, know that joy is inside. It may not always be visible at that specific moment.
You never know what another person is suffering.
If someone is ‘feeling’ unhappy momentarily for whatever reason, please don’t call it loss of joy!