Life is so beautiful, yet so full of misery and despair. As people, we struggle with our mistakes and the negative consequences of others’ choices. We ache and hurt as we go through trials and experience suffering. We feel helpless, and often hopeless.
But, it is possible to have joy in life, and especially possible to find joy every day.
1. Love for humankind
The ability to care about and love others regardless of race, religion, gender or life choices will bring us great joy. Religious leader Jean Bingham, encouraged, "...as we follow [Jesus’] perfect example, we can receive the gift of charity, which will bring us great joy in this life..." Jesus loved and served everyone he came in contact with. He is the epitome of charity.
2. Follow the teachings of Jesus and keep the commandments
We should also follow his teachings and keep the commandments. Joy cannot be achieved by living a sinful life. There is joy in making choices that will not only help you grow and increase your faith, but will also strengthen your relationship with God.
3. Repentance is joyful
Because we are human, we won’t always make the right choices. We will succumb to sin and error. But, we can repent and make necessary changes in our lives to redirect our focus on Jesus. "...[Joy] is one of the inherent results of repentance," said Dale Renlund. We should not forgo repentance because we fear what others may think. We all need to repent and do it often. We can always be a little better.
4. Teaching our children to follow Jesus brings joy
3 John 1:4 states, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." Any parent who has wept for a spiritually lost child knows how painful it can be. The opposite is also true. Seeing your children make good choices as children and adults brings peace and joy into our hearts. But, children need your constant guidance and teachings to help them navigate the path of righteousness. Yes, even with guidance they will make mistakes — just as we all do! Remember the joy of repentance is for them, too
5. Joy comes from helping friends who are struggling with their faith
]This is similar to showing charity to others, but on a different level. Most everyone will experience a crisis of faith or an otherwise dark period in their lifetime. These times are often difficult to overcome without the love and support of others. There is great joy that comes from helping others find their way again. We can love, encourage, and continue to pray for and with our loved ones. We can help others back on the right path through our love and example.