An Easter Poem: Joy Seekers

Have you found what you've been looking for?

“All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.” - Blaise Pascall

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” - C.S. Lewis

For quite some time, I have been confused about what to do. Maybe even who I am. I recently rediscovered a quote from a man named Augustine: "Love God and do whatever you please, for the soul trained in love toward God will do nothing to offend the one who is beloved."

In all of my confusion, this is one thing that I know: I want to bring glory to Jesus. Sometimes that's explicitly with words like those in this poem, and sometimes it's implicitly, with a story like Correspondence (a fiction), that I hope testifies to a greater creator than I am. Either way, this Easter, I want to rejoice in the fact that glorifying Jesus and receiving joy are one pursuit in the same. (By the way, if you get a chance to check out Jackie Hill Perry's The Art Of Joy, I'd highly recommend it. Solid lyrical pronouncement of that beautiful truth.) 

Joy Seekers - today, we get to celebrate our resurrected savior, Jesus Christ. May this poem be a means toward that end for you, my family. 

For the honor and the glory of the one by whom, through whom, for whom and to whom all things exist, be free.

Levi