Healthy families are families that have a lot of joy and a lot of laughter. I was so privileged to grow up in a healthy family, and so many times, because my dad is a great story teller, weâ€™d be sitting around the dinner table and he would start to tell one of his stories that heâ€™d told many times before, but he would always say, â€œHave I told you aboutâ€¦? Well, donâ€™t interrupt me. I want to hear it again!â€ And in the process of telling it again, for umpteenth time, weâ€™d be laughing just as hard as we did the first time. The fact is, in a healthy family, thereâ€™s going to be a lot of joy and a lot of laughter.
Here, Jesus is praying for His joy to be within all of us. I love that He talks about His joy, because, think about it – nobody had more of the burdens of this world upon His heart, upon His shoulders – the pain, the suffering, the sin, the death, the evil of this world – than Jesus. Yet, donâ€™t you think He and His disciples spent those three years together walking along the Sea of Galilee and the dusty Judean roads sharing stories, ribbing each other? Having a good time? It doesnâ€™t mean that Jesus was negligent or insensitive to pain. Nobodyâ€™s been more empathetic and compassionate then Jesus. Jesus wept when one of His good friends died. He understood all that. But there was still a lot of joy and a lot of laughter.
Jesus prayed for all His followers, â€œâ€™May My joy be full in themselves.â€™â€ Never forget real joy comes in knowing Jesus. When we meet Him, we realize we are forgiven and saved from Hell and have eternal life. That brings a ton of joy. Yet, as we get to know Him by following His Word, prayer, worship, trust and obedience, that joy deepens, even in the time a pain, thereâ€™s a lot of joy in knowing Jesus!