about the topic of her choice: JOY...
Not long ago, our surfer-cool priest gave a homily about joy. He said something I haven't forgotten. He said, J.O.Y. stands for:
If we live life in that order we will find an everlasting joy.
It's a simple acronym for ordering our priorities. The truth is, I usually live my life like this:
Y(me). O. J.
While I am often joyful, I think living joy backwards is a short-lived, shallow-depth kind of joy. It is more of a temporary happiness, an instant-gratification joy that is in constant need of refilling.
When I do manage to turn my YOJ around, I experience a deeper peace of mind and soul. It feels good to begin my day with the word of God, to serve my family a great breakfast, to see them into uniforms and off to school smoothly and unselfishly. Sitting at the computer, calling out to them to wait one more minute while I finish this post (ahem!) doesn't feel like everlasting joy.
So I am off to do those things today, to re-order my disorder, and to sink deeply into the joy that only J.O.Y can bring.