Joy Can Be Found!


I have often wondered, in the spectacular moments of the birth of our children, how my wife could endure such pain, yet yearn to repeat such an experience. The Savior too saw such an experience in childbirth and exclaimed:

“A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.” (John 16:21)

His lesson was that joy is something that is enjoyed to its fullest, only when it arrives as the result of hard work, long-suffering, and love unfeigned! It is rarely at the forefront of our righteous endeavors, rather, it settles ever so silently into our lives till it blankets our souls and gives peace to our mind. It brings peace, harmony, and unlimited charity to our hearts. We yearn for more of it!

To quote David Brooks:

“Joy is not produced because others praise you. Joy emanates unbidden and unforced. Joy comes as a gift when you least expect it. At those fleeting moments you know why you were put here and what truth you serve. You may not feel giddy at those moments, you may not hear the orchestra’s delirious swell or see flashes of crimson and gold, but you will feel a satisfaction, a silence, a peace-a hush. Those moments are the blessings of a beautiful life.” (“The Road to Character”)

The most joyous moments that I have found in this beautiful life, have been when I have been following and applying the teachings of Jesus Christ. Joy is something! Joy can be found! Joy is faith and belief in something greater than ourselves! Joy is Jesus Christ!

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