Real Joy Actually Hurts



It can be easy to romanticize a passion or a social cause or a marriage or raising kids with tons of posed pictures and flowery words—but all such things are gritty, raw, rough, and painstakingly sculpted from our fully invested hearts. There is a lot of standing around and sweating through our shirts and seasons of self-doubt and all the frustrated parts that no one else can see. We fall in love with highlights but these were formed in the valley. Please don’t be seduced by soundbites and filtered photos and bowtie daydreams. Real joy actually hurts, but that’s why it’s real. It was carved from the best of us.
J.S.


[Photo by The Ganeys Photography.]

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One thought on “Real Joy Actually Hurts

  1. “We fall in love with highlights” – absolutely. And then we are confused and become disappointed with life when those highlights change or disappear. Love how God lets us sweat it out so that we can truly appreciate Him and life, and as you said — experience true joy.

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