“All Joy reminds. It is never a possession, always a desire for something longer ago or further away or still “about to be.”
“[Joy] is a by-product. Its very existence presupposes that you desire not it but something other and outer.” - C.S. Lewis
In these quotes from his book, Surprised by Joy, Lewis seems to be saying that Joy is not the answer, it is not something to be grasped, it is not the final thing we’re searching for. Rather, it points us to something beyond, something greater, it is something that surprises us, arises in us, and reveals to us the fleeting nature of this joy, reminds us of the mystery behind the joy.
Questions for Reflection:
When is a time in your life you remember really feeling joyful?
Did you feel this joy pointing you to something greater?
What is the difference between joy and happiness? Is there a difference?