Unmasking Real Joy
Wearing a mask doesn't constitute true joy. I am sorry but a woman wearing a Chewbacca mask and laughing about it is not the joy of the Lord. Sorry to burst the bubble.
Listen, I have no problem with laughing at a funny video online. But keep it there. That's where it belongs and it's funny, ok fine I'll give you that. Laughing is contagious by nature. A smile sowed is a smile reaped.
But don't bring it into churches and try to spiritualize it as the joy of the Lord. It's not.
It's a stressed out mom having a few minutes to herself and acting foolish over a ridiculous mask. That's why it's funny. It was unexpected.
It caught you off guard.
It surprised the viewer.
But it's not the joy of the Lord. The joy of the Lord comes from a much deeper place than that and has nothing to do with wearing a mask.
The joy of the Lord comes from real encounter. It doesn't always manifest as laughter either. It can be a quiet and confident trust in the goodness of God in the midst of hardship. It's what sustained Paul in prison. It's what John had on the island of Patmos.
If we need to manufacture the joy of the Lord through a YouTube video, I am sorry but we have ultimately missed it sorely.