“Joy may indeed seem to be elusive but only if we look in the wrong places for it. Those who dare to love as Jesus did, who are free enough to seek the happiness of others rather than just their own, will enter into his joy. This is the only perfect joy, and it will not prove to be a will-o’-the-wisp that merely tantalizes us. It will be full to overflowing and will last forever.
We could never believe this if Jesus himself had not told us so. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete (John 15:11). Jesus offers the wisdom that makes joy our partner in life, no matter what hardships may come our way.”