ONLY GOD CAN GIVE YOU THE JOY YOU WANT.
Does the Gospel offer the best path to this complete joy?
If you say, no, that’s OK. I think you are wrong, but if you honestly feel that way, there is no shortcut. You have to explore why you feel that way. What is the alternate path that is better than the Gospel at leading people to the complete joy that we desire? Does it have a track record or is it just something you have imagined that allows you to do whatever you want under the false premise that someday, somewhere, somehow it will lead to complete joy?
The Gospel has a long track record of leading people to complete joy. I could list a thousand examples. But the beautiful thing is, you can test it for yourself and obtain instant proof.
Start to embrace the Gospel more—a little more, a lot more; that’s up to you. But start to intentionally live the Gospel more each day. As you do, pay attention to the joy that increases in you. Pay attention to the clarity you have about what really matters and what doesn’t. Pay attention to the stress and anxiety as it diminishes. Pay attention.
I think you want what Jesus wants. This is one of the classic discoveries of the spiritual journey. At some point as we grow in grace and awareness, we discover that we do indeed want what God wants for us: complete joy.
Excerpt taken from Chapter 35 of Matthew Kelly’s new bestseller Rediscover Jesus. Get your free copy here (just pay shipping).
What really brings you joy?
Take the list you made on Day 34 and give it to God. Then ask him what he wants for you.
Jesus, let me get out of the way so you can fill me with complete joy.