If you were pursuing joy in your life, what would that look like? What activities, things, goals would you pursue? Would that pursuit brings you joy? What brings meaning into your life? Are you actively seeking it out?
When I think of joy I think of the Westminster Catechism: "What is the chief aim of man? To know God and to enjoy Him forever."
Granted, the language is a little archaic but I think the lesson is spot on. If only we would truly learn it: It is through knowing God that our lives fall into place. We recognize how He wants us to live and how He wants us to enjoy our lives. Unfortunately there are many who feel that God is a kill joy waiting for us to mess up so that He can do all sorts of bad things to us.
I do not think so. Jesus claimed that He came to bring life and to bring it abundantly. In the Old Testament, the writer of Ecclesiastes reminds us that "however many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all". God wants us to enjoy our lives.
I think God takes pleasure and joy out of His creation. If not, why would He create the platypus, the giraffe or a dog? All of these can bring smiles to our faces. If those things like the birds of the air and the flowers in the field bring delight to Him, how much more does He take pleasure in us, the creature He created in His own image?
And if He created all that fun and delight doesn't He want us to experience the same?
There is joy in that. Joy in the knowledge of God. Joy in the knowledge that He is in control regardless of our current situation. Joy in letting Him guide our lives. Joy in serving Him with our talents, thoughts, treasures and time. Joy in finding our purpose through Him. Joy in the knowledge that God brings meaning to our lives and with it, so much delight.