I’m not sure of anyone who has reflected longer or deeper on joy than C.S. Lewis (aka. Jack), who considered joy “the serious business of heaven.” Here are a few thoughts of his on how joy is really a pointer to a greater glory that our lives are meant for.
“All joy reminds. It is never a possession, always a desire for something longer ago or further away or still ‘about to be.'” (Surprised by Joy)
“All joy (as distinct from mere pleasure, still more amusement) emphasises our pilgrim status; always reminds, beckons, awakens desire. Our best havings are wantings.” (Letters of C.S. Lewis)
As you take joy in that Saturday morning cup of coffee, the leisurely read of the newspaper, a morning run or an afternoon romp with the kids, lunch with friends or a good movie at night – whatever that joy is, good as it is, just imagine what greater gladness awaits us in God’s good future.