Today we welcome guest blogger Richard Meyer, an intern with St. Anthony Messenger. Richard is a Theology major at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
My goal for 2012 was to find my personal mission statement. In October, I was making one of my treks back from home to school. Xavier University in Cincinnati is about two and-a-half hours from my hometown of Findlay, Ohio, and it is on these long drives alone that I get the chance to be in dialogue with God. It is a time that I am completely alone in my car and I can talk to God openly, honestly, and aloud. On this particular drive, I was talking to God and praying about how I could live my life better. Suddenly, a phrase popped in my head: “Find the joy.”
Find the joy. A simple, yet profoundly deep phrase with infinite meanings.
For me, this phrase means to not seek the shallowness and contentment of happiness, but to look deeper and find something that brings joy to my life. Happiness is a fleeting emotion, but joy goes much further. I need to find something that makes my heart joyful and pursue it. If my heart is truly enveloped in God’s will for my life, what brings my heart joy will bring God joy. Isn’t that what life is truly about?
Joy wears many different masks throughout life. It could be something that we get from donating our time at a local soup kitchen. It could be something we feel when we give a gift to someone. It could be something we get from reading God’s word. The key is to be open to new opportunities that could bring us joy and to pray that He will show us where to find it. And, finally, we must bless God’s name with the joy of our hearts and find fulfillment in doing God’s good work.
Psalms 5:11-12: “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield.”