“God looked down from the holy height…
to soothe the groaning of prisoners and
to release those doomed to die.”
From Psalm 102:20-21
While organizing my desk -Again!- I found an email I’d sent to a friend some time ago. I’d printed a copy of our exchange because I’d offered him encouragement which I needed to heed myself…
My friend had retired and hoped to move on to something which would bring him joy. Though he felt he had worked hard to arrive a this place, he wrestled with the notion. It seemed selfish to him to want to do something which made him happy. Though the new direction he sought would actually allow him to serve others in a truly significant way, he struggled.
I felt a little uneasy offering advice because I understood my friend’s dilemma a little too well. I shared the notion that what we do in this life is meant to serve others regardless of how happy or unhappy it makes us. Like my friend, I’d lost sight of God’s generous gift of free will, God’s desire for our happiness and God’s absolute faith in our choices. It’s because of these things that God sent us out on our own in the first place.
According to that email, I did encourage my friend to heed his heart’s longing. The happiest people I knew and know do the things which bring them joy. In the process, they also bring joy to others. As I reread that email exchange, I realized that I need to abide the advice I offered my friend. Apparently, it’s time for me to heed my heart’s longing as well.
Loving God, you listen to the longings of our hearts and you know our needs before we voice them. Give us the courage to seek joy for others and for ourselves.
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