“Joy is the serious business of heaven.” – C.S. Lewis
You make known to me the path of life;
in Your presence there is fullness of joy;
at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
– Psalm 16:11
Beatitude: “a state of utmost bliss” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
In an interview on 60 Minutes years before his death, Philipp Seymour Hoffman said, “The best you’ll ever feel is when you’ve done a good job.” Stop for a second and think of the implications. Really. Just stop and think about them. What happens when you can’t do a good job? What happens when life limits your ability to do much of anything? And have you ever done a really really good job? I mean a perfect job? There are a lot of perfectionists in this world, but no perfects. That’s probably why most people don’t like perfectionists. They’re serial hypocrites. But we all are, aren’t we? How many times have I said that no one is perfect? A ton right? So I don’t have to say it again. You already knew anyway. In light of our failure, how happy can we be, when happiness depends on our doing good? It’s a beautiful quote from Mr. Hoffman, a quote of an artist. And I know what he means. I don’t want to disagree with him, because I do know where he’s coming from. Doing good makes us happy. It’s what we were designed for, and following our design makes us inherently happy. However, we’re fallen. Doing good will never satisfy in this life again, because we can’t do the good we’re meant for. We can make a difference. We can be significant. We can help. But good… I mean perfect good. We just can’t do it. And so when happiness depends on us, when it depends on what we do, it will remain mysteriously aloof, like the end of a rainbow. Who knows where we can overtake it. It slips like a stream through our grasp. So where can we find happiness? A happiness that satisfies like no other? Certainly not in or from us. We’ve tried. And we may have found some. But the pinnacle? Joy. Where is it found? It’s found in Jesus. It’s found when we surrender to Him and let His Spirit fill our hearts. I once said I would never use the word “joy” outside of the context of Jesus, because joy is something different than mere human happiness. It’s the happiness we receive from God. Happiness we can have in a prison cell or a penthouse sweet. JOY… It doesn’t depend on us, rather we depend on it. The good news is that it’s completely free of charge. It’s something our Creator desires for all of us. It’s not the result of something we do, rather what we do results from it. It’s a gift of God for simply being. However, it does take something. It takes acceptance. Do you accept it? Accept joy today.
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,