Joy can go beyond circumstance. Joy can become our default setting.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)

Paul, the dude who wrote this, did so from prison. Not white-collar American prison. Dungeon prison; chains around his ankles prison.

And yet he wrote to people like you and me—trying to navigate the Jesus Way despite less than ideal circumstance. People with doubts about their own faith. People with friends who were dying. Some of the people themselves were sick or suffering. Some people had a lot of money; some were pre-money; some were post-money; some deliberately chose a life of simplicity.

No matter the circumstance—in every circumstance—Paul urges them and us to choose Joy.

Make Joy a habit by finding and celebrating “the Lord” in each moment. Your joy is hidden under the honesty of your emotion, and then the relentless commitment to find the Good.