Virtue of the Week: Joy

WHERE CAN WE FIND JOY?

Men have pursued joy in every avenue imaginable. Some have successfully found it while others have not. Perhaps it would be easier to describe where joy cannot be found:

Not in Unbelief — Voltaire was an infidel of the most pronounced type. He wrote: “I wish I had never been born.”

Not in Pleasure — Lord Byron lived a life of pleasure if anyone did. He wrote: “The worm, the canker, and grief are mine alone.”

Not in Money — Jay Gould, the American millionaire, had plenty of that. When dying, he said: “I suppose I am the most miserable man on earth.”

Not in Position and Fame — Lord Beaconsfield enjoyed more than his share of both. He wrote: “Youth is a mistake; manhood a struggle; old age a regret.”

Not in Military Glory — Alexander the Great conquered the known world in his day. Having done so, he wept in his tent, before he said, “There are no more worlds to conquer.”

Where then is real joy found? — the answer is simple, in relationship with our Creator.


NO JOY? MOVE YOUR CHAIR!

In 1937 architect Frank Lloyd Wright built a house for industrialist Hibbard Johnson. One rainy evening Johnson was entertaining distinguished guests for dinner when the roof began to leak. The water seeped through directly above Johnson himself, dripping steadily onto his bald head. Irate, he called Wright in Phoenix, Arizona.

“Frank,” he said, “you built this beautiful house for me and we enjoy it very much. But … the roof leaks, and right now I am with some friends and distinguished guests and it is leaking right on top of my head.” There was a pause on the line, and Frank Lloyd Wright reportedly replied: “Well, Hib, why don’t you move your chair?” Just when we would like to have everything perfect in our lives, the roof springs a leak. Into even the most elaborately constructed and waterproof lives. Leaks happen. We have a choice, we can sit under the leak and complain, or we can regain our joy by moving our chair….changing our perspective. Now, some will point out that the reason they have no joy in their lives is because they don’t have a reason to be joyful. They have a lot of leaks in their roof.

Life seems like it’s fallen apart. They aren’t satisfied with their job… if they even have one. Their family has problems. Their health isn’t good Their car has gone in for repairs for the 10th time this year. They just can’t see a “reason” for being joyful. It’s hard to blame people for feeling this way. It’s hard to be joyful when life is going against you. It’s hard to be joyful when you’re … struggling with troubles, …or overwhelmed by pain, …or unsure of your future.

But there’s a problem with THIS approach to life. If we wait till everything to turns out the way we want them to in our lives… if we’re not going to be joyful until all the leaks are patched in the roof of our lives… THEN we’re NEVER going to experience JOY. Or, if we do have joy, it will be a rare occurrence. There is an alternative. You don’t have to wait until you’re Happy with your life/ to have Joy in your life. Deep spiritual joy in your life WILL always bring you happiness. But the pursuit of happiness will not always bring you joy. People have a hard time understanding the difference.


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Please share JOY with everyone you meet this Holiday season. You will never regret it.