Where do we find true joy in this lifetime? The world’s values tell us that true joy is found in the latest computer, home, beverage, or automobile. If that is true, what happens when those items become old, obsolete, or used up? Mary, the mother of Jesus, knew true joy. Luke 1: 47 How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! 48 For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on, all generations will call me blessed. 
The attitude of joy is a beautiful blessing from the Lord that enables us to walk through good times and bad times as we look to the Lord, not our circumstances. Joy is not dependent on having material things in this world but on having a relationship with our Savior, Jesus. Joy is not what we have on the outside but what we have on the inside. The joy of the Lord puts worldly possessions in proper perspective.
Jesus Gives True Joy
Jesus gave Paul true joy, and He can provide us with joy, too. 1 Corinthians 2:2 For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. When our true joy is found in Jesus, it becomes the filter through which we look through life. The filter we are looking through is not rose-colored glasses but our new nature in Christ.
Our new nature in Christ is not captivated by worldly desires but by the things of our Savior. The joy of the Lord can change my entire perspective and perception of difficult circumstances. Stress and worry can be replaced with thankfulness and joy when I look to Jesus, knowing He loves me and is with me. Having the joy of the Lord is an ongoing reminder that the Lord is in control, no matter how dark it may seem.
Joy Gives Us a Supernatural Outlook
Life was difficult for the Apostle Paul, but he found joy in his relationship with Jesus, not in the ease or difficulty of life. Paul wanted those in the church in Philippi and us to experience that same joy he had. Philippians 2:17 But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. 18 Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy. 
Remember joy often comes as an offshoot when we serve others. As joy grows in our hearts, it begins to saturate our souls and then moves outward to impact those around us. When you feel life has robbed you, take time to look up to the Lord for strength, peace, encouragement, and true joy. To learn more about true joy, listen here: