Once we begin doing what we love to do, what we’re meant to do will begin to unfold. We discover the path from who we are to who we want to become; gaining self-knowledge and insight by which we see the direction our life wants to take and next steps we need to make. We come to know what's true for us and what we love to do, and upon that truth new and everlasting life will emerge. That’s the good life.
What Would Jesus Do
There is a passage in the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas where the apostles ask Jesus what they need to do in order to save their souls. While they begin suggesting traditional religious ways like fasting, praying, giving alms, and observing Jewish dietary laws, Jesus turns to them and says, "Do not do what you hate."
Don't do anything that makes you miserable. Saving the soul is that simple. Do only what you love to do.
Set Yourself Free
If any part of your life feels as though it's missing the point, now is the time to get it. Misery is a divine call from something in you aching to be set free.
If we are not living the life we love, lost and depressed is what we become. But the good life is never lost forever, unless we abandon all hope of bringing it forth. All we need to do is follow what we love, and then step by step we will know what to do next to set ourselves free.
This much I know for sure. Once we begin listening and following the call in our soul, we will be moved to bring forth the divine life within and led to work we love; the work that serves our purpose and fulfills our life. That's the kind of work that saves our soul.
Don’t do what you hate. Do only what you love to do.
Until next week, think about this: "Everyone has been made for some particular work and the desire for that work has been put in every heart."--Rumi
Karol Jackowski, Ph.D., became a nun in 1964. She's also been a college administrator, graduate of New York University, manager of a toy store, author of eight books, painter of religious folk art, and sister to everyone she meets. Please visit her website at KarolJackowski.com.