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  • Studies on Joy #1: Seeking Joy Takes Courage
  • Maria Eckersley
  • BYUCancerJoyscripture studySeek Joyteaching tipsWomens Conference

Studies on Joy #1: Seeking Joy Takes Courage

Studies on Joy #1: Seeking Joy Takes Courage
This morning I was in the ER with my handsome husband. It ended up being nothing too serious but stepping in those sterile hallways always brings back a flood of memories and worries. Cancer is a beast and its claws never quite release you. Sometimes it’s tempting to insulate; to somehow put up emotional barriers and fool myself into thinking I’m in control. The foolishness though is assuming I can lessen the ache of the future by living less joyfully today. That is not how we’re intended to live. The scriptures teach us that we are here to have joy (2Ne 2:22-25, Moses 1:39). In order to fully feel it, we have to embrace both ends of the spectrum.

Bruce C. Hafen said “To miss the misery is to miss the joy. To miss the joy is to miss it all.” It takes courage to see the world that way. I imagine it’s how Adam and Eve felt, leaving the lush comfort of the garden and wandering into the barren wilderness. They made a choice to embrace the pain and struggle that they might know joy.

The more I study joy in the scriptures the more this pattern surfaces. Every story that speaks of joy has a preceding chapter or verse about struggle. They are a divine pair. Which means, if we are in the midst of heartache, we can take some comfort in the fact that the pain is evidence of the virtue of what was lost - or the promise of blessings that are only a few ‘chapters’ away. Either way, His arms are around us - supporting us, strengthening us and softly steering us toward lasting peace.

Joy is real and it is reachable, guys. To really experience it, we also need to be vulnerable to loss and pain. For me, the hidden beauty comes from the belief that every time my heart stretches through struggle, my capacity for joy increases too. In other words, it’s worth it. It will always be worth it.

We need to be courageous. We need to enter into the rocky landscapes of our lives with open hearts, abiding hope in His grace, and a desire to lift those around us. If we can do that, we can set our fears aside and finally begin to cultivate lasting joy. .
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  • Maria Eckersley
  • BYUCancerJoyscripture studySeek Joyteaching tipsWomens Conference

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