Chasing Joy

It's easy to choose a job because of the paycheck.  It's easy to seek to be part of an organization for the power or prestige.  Often, we chase these things, assuming they will bring happiness.  Yet here we are in a culture that is seeing a lot of upheaval, loneliness, anxiety, and confusion.

 Apple Orchard Falls, VA

Apple Orchard Falls, VA

A story I recently read described a couple trying to determine their next business venture, looking at their decisions through the usual metrics of profit and marketability and break-even points.  But then the author added a question to the mix:

What brings you the most joy?

If you search back through your memories, what was happening on those most joyous days?  Those days when you felt as though you were right where you needed to be?  Right where God created you to be?

It is a great joy and privilege for me when others entrust me with their story and give me the opportunity to walk with them as they pursue God or pursue career dreams.  It's also a thrill to set a scene for a movie or theatre production, making sure all the details are accurate and alive.

Others I know come alive when talking about education.  Or playing music.  Or writing stories.  Or building a business.  They've found joy in their hobbies and their occupations.

If you're in a joyless place, pause a while.  Listen to your memories.  Go through some picture books.  Ask your parents what you loved as a kid.  Find those things that consistently brought you joy and life over the years.

In looking back, you just might find a path forward.

What brings you the most joy?

 Write letters like it's 1937.

Write letters like it's 1937.