“May you be filled with joy” (Colossians 1:11b, NLT).

True joy seems to be an elusive butterfly, lighting occasionally but seldom caught. Perhaps this is because we confuse it with happiness, which is also elusive and fleeting. The original Latin is to be glad but there’s more to the joy of the Lord than just being glad.

Jesus endured his suffering for the joy set before him (Hebrews 12:2), the joy of being God! We can’t imagine what that feels like or what it really means, but it got him through, so it must be incredible. Let’s make Paul’s prayer for joy our daily prayer for others and for ourselves as we endure the difficulties of life and look forward to the joy we will one day experience when we become like Jesus.

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