JOY.

It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to free write. I’ve been writing formally for the past few months; it’s kinda weird to come back and ignore the structure of composition writing.

But I’m here now to talk to you about something that has become really important to me.

joy.

What even is joy?

Joy, according to the dictionary, is the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying.

Ever since I came back from my mission trip a month ago, I have been absolutely convicted about joy in my life.

It’s not something I choose everyday, although my Pinterest board and Instagram feed is full of people who are incessantly bombarding me with the “CHOOSE JOY!” everything. It’s not something I always strive for, and I know it.

What does me saying the word joy make you think of? How does it make you feel? What does this three-letter word mean to you?

On my mission trip, I was surrounded by kids who exuded joy. They never stopped smiling and were never unhappy. They just ran around, playing with each other like it’s the best thing in the world to do.

Why is it so easy for those kids to choose joy, when it seems so hard for me sometimes?

Honestly, I have everything material-wise that I could ever need. I have an abundance of anything I want whenever I want it.

But sometimes, the one thing I feel like I don’t have is

joy.

Hear me out when I say this: the joy you experience is ultimately up to you. Jesus promises us joy as one of the Fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. He gives it freely to us; we have to make the choice to fight for it.

Yes, fight for it. I, in all honesty, believe joy is a choice. But it’s also something you have to fight for. If something is important to you, inevitably, you fight for it and will do almost anything to get it.

Like that Chick-fil-A craving we all get sometimes, ya know? If you want Chick-fil-A bad enough, you will drive yourself to your nearest Chick-fil-A and eat some of that delicious Christian chicken. Am I wrong?

Joy isn’t circumstantial. It’s an eternal promise that is always available to us. We have to make the choice to fight hard enough for it. If you want to experience happiness and joy like God promises bad enough, you will get yourself in your room ASAP and open up your Bible and say “Holy Spirit, COME.”

Seriously, it’s that simple.

There’s nothing that this world could do or say that can take away God’s gift of joy over your life. There’s no laws or rules that are inhibiting you from fighting for that beloved joy you so long to experience. Even people can’t stop you.

Woah, I know.

People do not have the power or authority to take joy away from you. The world in and of itself cannot take your joy away.

So fight for it. Choose it. It’s freely given to you and it will always be.

Choose to live and laugh. Laugh and let go of life’s issues. Choosing joy will give you a new outlook on those situations anyways. God promises you joy and he intends on following through. But we have to do our part to put our hearts in a position where we are ready to receive His joy and fullness. God will give you joy as a gift, it’s up to you to receive it and to fight for it, even when everyday life tells you to do the exact opposite.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:23 ESV

 
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