Pictures of happy, smiling people.
People jumping into the air (e.g. "jump for joy").
Images from Christmas.
I don't think that's exactly what I'm looking for.
Although a Bible search for "joy" brings up plenty of verses about celebrating, it has a lot to say about a different kind of joy, too.
The joy I'm looking for is deeper than a smile.
It's longer-lasting than a season of the year.
It's there even when you have no strength to leap, or even stand.
I'm after the joy that is rooted in a relationship with the Lord (Galatians 5:22) and is expressed in and through our relationships with others (1 Thessalonians 3:9).
I'm looking for the joy that the apostle James says is a byproduct of testing and trials (James 1:2).
I'm in search of the joy that motivated Jesus to go to the cross (Hebrews 12:2).
But my search engine doesn't bring up images like that. No tears. No agony. No crosses.
I'm excited to dig into this in 2014 and to share what I find here. Are you blogging about your One Word at all this year? I invite you back here on Wednesday when I'll have my first weekly link-up for "One Word Wednesday". Share what you are learning and see what others are focusing on as well!