When did you last experience joy? The kind that stirs something deep inside you.
For me, and this may sound cheesy, but I don’t care, it was seeing that DK wedding dance on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-94JhLEiN0&feature=related I love dancing, and there is something special about the notion of dancing for joy. It stirred something deep inside me. It awakened a desire for joy. It made me wish I had more occasion to dance in my life. Well, I do actually.
Isn’t the biggest part of life being in touch with your core desires? Those deep longings, those things you pine for, ache for, true and noble things like joy, community, to be fully known and accepted, deep friendship, adventure, beauty, reconciliation. And aren’t those desires indicators of something? Don’t they point to something about us, in us? Doesn’t that reveal something?
“There is a desire within each of us, in the deep center of ourselves that we call our heart. We were born with it, it is never completely satisfied, and it never dies. We are often unaware of it, but it is always awake…Our true identity, our reason for being, is to be found in this desire.” – John Eldridge
And what do we do with those desires when they go unmet or they seem unattainable? We bury them, abandon them by fitting in, getting by, we become productive.
So I contend that it is vital that we be in touch with our desires, our core desires. Sure, I occasionally have a desire to verbally assault somebody who’s a jerk or a desire to be a rock star playing a sold out show, but those aren’t core desires, they aren’t the true desires of my deep heart. They’re surface stuff. I have to peel those back to get down to the core desires; intimacy with my maker, beauty, connection & community. To be in touch with our core desires is to be in touch with our deep heart and that’s the only way to truly live.
“Nothing is of greater importance than the life of our deep heart. To lose heart is to lose everything.” – John Eldredge
“When I can no more stir my soul to move,
And life is but the ashes of a fire;
When I can but remember that my heart
Once used to live and love, long and aspire –
Oh, be thou then the first, the one thou art;
Be thou the calling, before all answering love,
And in me wake hope, fear, boundless desire.
– George MacDonald (Diary of an Old Soul)
(This post was written by Jason. Jason is a good friend of mine and a freelance contributor to my life and my blog. I hope you enjoy his thoughts and insights as much as I do.)