Be Still Know
John 14:6 NLT
Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.’
We can all tell the difference between life and death. However, even when I am physically alive, breathing, eating, sleeping etc, I may not have life. We can all recall high moments of pleasure, a family event, celebrating a rite of passage and the like, yet living is not a series of seamless happiness events. The philosopher Albert Camus stated, ‘You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of.’ There is no elixir for happiness.
For years I’d assumed that life’s opportunities and experiences were the source for my personal happiness; these would make sense of my life, give me stories to tell and memories to reflect upon. Sadly, after a strong start, my life’s engine coughed and stalled and it was the mundane task of living that called me, together with reveries of what might have been. There was a need to let go of certain ambitions I’d nurtured; this resulted in sadness.
It is not in pursuing some dream or aspiring to some reality beyond myself that affords me life. Rather it’s embracing Christ and his invitation to love God and neighbour. In both actions, contemplation and action, I will live to my fullest potential, and encounter a happiness that comes from both being known and loved as well as knowing and loving God.
QUESTION: To what extent have you tried to create your own life, in the expectation that it would offer the happiness you look for?
PRAYER: Jesus, you said in you was life in all its abundance; over all the other promises about life, today help me to trust in yours