A powerful, little word.

It's one of those words we all throw around as if it's an every day thing, but I would submit that joy is something we desire more than we actually acquire. Joy, like any other attitude, can come and go, and it is not guaranteed simply because we are happy or because circumstances allow us to not be sad. Joy is deeper than that. It's bigger.

According to Dictionary.com, joy is “the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying.” This is nice, but we could experience that definition by eating bacon, am I right? Not that there is anything wrong with bacon (no letters, please, about cholesterol or whatever), but surely there is a better meaning. 

We collected a few of our favorite verses, quotes, and sayings to share with you this week as we all begin to settle in to the Christmas season, which -- for us -- is the pinnacle of JOY. We hope these words encourage and inspire you to seek your own definition of this most powerful, little word...

"Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love..." Mother Teresa

"Joy is the simplest form of gratitude." Karl Barth

"Joy is the serious business of heaven." C.S. Lewis

"Joy is the deep peace that comes from knowing you are loved as you are -- and that first bite of Mellow Mushroom Mighty Meaty pizza -- but mostly the love." Justin Harris

"God has done great things for us. What joy!" Psalm 126:3

"I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart; down in my heart, down in my heart…
"  George Willis Cook

"God can be found in the differences between happiness and joy." Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek

"Joy is that inexplicable squeal that comes out when you cannot contain your happy." Billy Ivey

What does joy mean to you? We'd love for you to add to the list! Meanwhile, check out this special edition of The Big Three with Cord, as he briefly talks about this powerful, little word:

Big 3 - JOY from Wildsparq on Vimeo.