Joy isn’t complicated or mystical. You don’t need a sermon to understand it. This is joy: It bubbles up out of you effortlessly on regular occasions. It settles around you like a breeze. It’s a deep breath of satisfaction and an energy that pushes you upwards, forwards.
Have you felt that recently? Lassoing the experience of joy with mere words is nearly impossible. But surely you can recall the instances of your own joy. Deep joy encapsulates a moment and freezes it forever with a unique clarity.
I don’t think our society has an abundance of people who are deeply satisfied with their life. Many are settled into an easy life, but not one that regularly takes their breath away. Their ability to dream and take new risks is frozen. Sadly, this lack of joy can be seen overflowing into tragedies and pain inflicted on others.