Let’s talk about joy. Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, “Joy is the surest sign of the presence of God.”
I agree. God is the author of joy. Even for the addict and the offended spouse, joy is an option. Paul knew a little about persecution and injustices when he prayed, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy” (Romans 15:13).
The brother of our Lord said, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2).
I know two things about joy:
- It is a gift.
- It is a choice.
Keep in mind, joy is not the same thing as happiness. Happiness is dependent on circumstances. Joy is dependent on our connection with God, and joy is available for each of us.
Recovery Step: Life can be hard. Recovery is hard. Trauma is hard. But joy is still possible.