The Search for True Joy
We love this sweet piece by Delight girl Rebekah Gengarella. A reminder of where our true Source of joy comes from. Leave a comment below to support and thank her for sharing this with us!
It’s something everyone is longing for, craving, desperately searching for, and can’t live without.
“We have it over here!” The world cries in our ears, loud enough to deafen even our own thoughts and ideas. We see the smiles and hear the laughter and tell ourselves, “This is what I’ve been looking for.” This must be joy. So we join in, slowly at first, but soon enough we’re diving head first into a life that we’ve been told will bring us joy.
Time slips by, things happen, and we realize that this life that was supposed to bring us joy is now creating something else: misery. The exact thing that we tried so hard to escape from was creeping back into our lives. The joy that the world had promised to us was fading away, and all it left was misery.
“This joy doesn’t last,” we think to ourselves. “It wasn’t even real to begin with.”
So we find ourselves, once again, searching for this thing called joy. The world is no longer our source of joy, so where can it be found? We start to wonder if it is even real, or just something we made up in an attempt to hide our misery.
Then, in the stillness, we hear a soft, gentle voice. As soon as we hear this voice, we know that it is different from the many voices of the world.
“Come,” the Voice tells us, “you’ve been searching for joy in all the wrong places. Come to Me for joy.”
We listen, a bit timid at first, but we come trusting His voice. As we come, we experience not only joy, but compassion and love. We find that joy is not found in ourselves and it’s not found in other people, it’s found in giving ourselves to the One and Only Joy-Giver: God.
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
-1 Peter 1:8-9
Author: Rebekah Gengarella
Rebekah is a high school senior who’s all about finding the joy in everyday life! She is very passionate about writing, and she runs her own blog, HellotoJoy.co, where she shares her life and insights from God’s Word that have touched her life. Follow her on Instagram.
April 24, 2017
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