I have challenged myself to expand my vocabulary by studying the words on the GRE list. To accomplish this goal I enlisted the help from the GRE Vocabulary app by The Economist. Today was the first day opening the application and the first word on this list is Jocularity which is a noun defined as “the state or quality of being fond of or characterized by joking. Its synonyms are playfulness and humorousness. I am rarely able to ignore the rabbit trails that arise in my mind and my thoughts tend to travel down the paths they take me.
Today was no exception. As I tried to assimilate the new word into my thoughts I began to think about the concept of joy in the Christian life considering it is important enough to be our source of strength when anchored in the Lord. I immediately began to ponder this from many different angels as question after question arose in my mind. What does this joy of the lord look like? How should it be reflected in one’s life? Should professing Christians necessarily be jovial, jolly, or playful, or have a good sense of humor? This is the impression one gets when listing to preachers who proclaim God desires all have lives of health, wealth, and prosperity. I tend to lean away from this understanding overall, but I want to extend an opportunity for all of my fellow believers to give voice to this topic.
Answer me this: How important is joy in the life of a believer, and how is the expression of it typically characterized?