Tuesday, June 08, 2010

How am I Choosing Joy?

These thoughts from Richard Rohr appeared in my inbox the other day.  If you've hung around this blog long, you'll see why they made me laugh, and reel, and take a few days to absorb them.  Choosing joy has been sort of a theme for me.  A major theme and goal, really.  Someday I'll write about just how impacting it was to me to discover that there was something of a choice in that...

But for now, I thought I'd share Richard Rohr's thoughts with you, and invite you to join me in "collapsing into joy."

Question of the Day:
How am I choosing joy?

Joy is both a decision and a surrender.  Eventually we stop being preoccupied with creating a fault-free environment that will ensure our own happiness, and we discover that joy is much more like falling into an objective Presence, a Larger Body, Love itself, a unified field, that many of us would call God.  You do not create love, you “fall” into it. You do not attain God, you fall into Him or Her.  You do not manufacture joy, you collapse into it when you give up trying to make it happen.
What freedom when we no longer have to wait for ourselves to be happy!  There is no waiting, only receiving.
This feast of the Body of Christ is also a promise of joy, and quite daringly—in a quite physical encounter of union, table fellowship, and close intimacy.  “I am telling you this so that my own joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:11).



Jenny said...

I've subscribed, after reading one of your posts - thank you.

This really spoke to me, too - for me about letting go and not trying to control things.


Lisa said...

glad you've subscribed - good stuff there!