This is what Websters says
The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good; pleasurable feelings or emotions caused by success, good fortune, and the like, or by a rational prospect of possessing what we love or desire; gladness; exhilaration of spirits; delight.
I love the word Joy. To me is a word that means a happiness that is beyond circumstances, a happiness hard to define. I know many joyful people. They walk in the room, and happiness follows them.
But despite what the good ole dictionary says, my definition of joy is changing. Most of the people that I find joyful, are friends that live for the Lord, that define themselves in doing things and not things they own.
I keep meeting people that have JOY but they don't have much. I am talking about people who have suffered great losses and still smile. They don't complain because their happiness lies in the one above. Its very easy to read the words but its another thing to see someone living. I am a bit jealous of those joyful folks. Because they seem to have it together. They know whats important. its not what you own, what fun stuff you can do, where you can travel. Its truly being happy with what God has given you at that time. They do not focus on the future. they are living in the now. I know, odd post but its something that's been on my mind.
I read blogs and meet people who live in 3rd world countries who have never heard the terms Wi-Fi, IPADs, facebook or even cell phone. They are content with what they have. I am jealous of them.. Praying I can get back to simplicity