By Dr. James A. Perkins
For most of us joy comes and goes. Sometimes we have it, and sometimes we don’t. Why is that? The answer is that our joy tends to depend on how we see, hear, think, and feel. As life goes our way, we’re joyful. But if it doesn’t, we lose our joy. So how would you like to discover 3 Steps to Get your Joy Back and Keep It?
J – Joy is a Judgment Call. Almost everyone tends to make decisions based on a judgment call about whether a thing is joyful or not. And this decision relies primarily on subjective feelings inside us. We make a judgment call mostly by relying of our emotions about what is joyful and what is not. When we feel it, then we have it. When we don’t feel it, then joy is gone.
O – Opinions Drive Our Outlook. Many lean on a joy that depends on our personal opinion about if a matter is joyful to us or not joyful. And these opinions direct our outlook on life. If our opinion about a matter is joyful, then our outlook is happy. If our opinion sees a matter in a negative light, then our outlook causes joy to fade. But what if there is another way? What if joy should be understood from a different perspective and can last no matter how life comes?
Y – Yearn for Joy that Doesn’t Depend on Feelings but Faith. Here’s an idea that can change your life. Instead of believing that joy is all about how we feel, what if there’s another way. Real joy can’t be sustained by our emotions, because they rise and fall. But real joy can be ours by faith and not feelings.
You see God is the source of joy, not our circumstances or how we emotionally view life. When we trust in the Lord for His joy alone, we can always be filled with His joy regardless of what happens. The fact is, “the joy of the Lord is our strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). When we have Jesus’ joy, we may be joyful regardless of what comes our way. The Lord even tells us that His joy remains strong in us, no matter what difficult things comes into our life. He says, “consider it all joy when you encounter various trials” (James 1:2).
So to get your joy back and keep it, don’t depend on feelings that come and go. No, trust that Jesus is always your joy, not in how we feel but by faith alone.