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Pursuing Joy in a Tumultuous World

Joy is an elusive concept. When you have it, you know it. When you see it, you know it. You can recognize it in someone’s face, in the lines around their eyes, in the corners of their mouth, in the laugh of a child, or the look on someone’s face when they’re surprised by a visit from a faraway friend. 


But it’s hard to define exactly what joy is and how to get it or how to hold onto it once you “have” it. The dictionary defines joy as “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness” and lists synonyms like delight, happiness, exultation, and radiance. 


We’ve probably all heard someone speak or write on the nuances between joy and happiness. How joy comes from a deep well of abiding in the presence of our Savior and happiness usually rests on circumstances. But radiance and delight are the two synonyms that stand out to me.


How do you choose and cultivate joy/radiance/delight in the midst of the upside-down, broken world like we’re living in? 


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