I think joy is found in courageously being who we were created to be. We can have that kind of joy simultaneously with sorrow.
I struggle with courage a lot. Sometimes I spend too much time hiding from responsibilities I don’t want to face. Sometimes I disengage emotionally from life because it feels like too much to handle. Sometimes I just give in to despair (about nothing in particular, just general despair).
When most Christians in my church talk about courage, I get more discouraged. But when Ric, the leader of a Bible study I attend, talks about courage, I get encouraged. Why is that? I think it’s because Ric links courage with faith in God’s promises. Everyone else links courage with personal determination.