Appreciating Joy

Ruth Davidar Paul   |   January 8, 2019 

Here we are. Another new year. Another twelve months. As I grow older, the years seem to be rushing by. This new year already seems pregnant with life-changing moments (pun definitely intended!). As I stand at the threshold, contemplating all that life will throw at me in the coming year, I pause and remember the word I’ve received for 2019.


When I think of joy, I’ve always associated it with being unfathomable, steadfast, and in-transient. Joy is so much more than mere happiness. It’s a gladness of spirit that has nothing to do with circumstances.

C. S. Lewis once said, ‘Joy is the serious business of heaven’.

As a brand new year stands welcoming me, inviting me to learn more about this joy, my hope is that it will overflow and permeate everything in my life, regardless of what I might be experiencing.

As I consider the future, I know there are no guarantees this side of eternity. But I know the One who is already there ahead, leading the way. So I rejoice in anticipation.



Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

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Ruth Davidar Paul is a freelance editor, writer, and recently, an artist. She has lived in several cities across India and currently calls Chennai home, where she lives with her husband Abhishek and their children Abigail, Jordan, and Amy. She blogs at and paints @quaintstains on Instagram.

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