If you knew there was a room filled with chocolates and sweets and all manner of good things would you want to go and see it? To dive into the mountain of sugar coated delights! (if you don’t like sweets, then replace them with your favourite food!)
But what if you didn’t know it existed, would you still want to go and see it?
Seems like a simple question. How could you want to go and see this room if you had no idea that there was such a place?
Well, you wouldn’t. You’d remain blissfully unaware.
So this leads me to ask:
Do you want to be happy? And if so, what does that happiness look like for you?
Contentment? Security? Feeling loved? What are you searching for?
Thomas Aquinas argues that we can’t desire something we don’t know exists.
Our endless pursuit of “pleasure”, he says, is an indication that we desire a happiness that cannot be fulfilled in this life.
We try and try to find that thing which will make us feel complete and give our lives purpose.
We try money, status, possessions, sex, drugs, alcohol but we also look to love and family, friends and our work.
Yet, as life goes on we learn that we can’t find that “perfect” place. That state of being where everything is just right. Sometimes we reach a place of contentment and acceptance in our situations but those moments come and go like all the seasons we pass through in our lifetime. Nothing can ever perfectly fulfill all our desires.
If we have a desire for this “perfect happiness”, for this room of goodies, then, following the argument through to its end, it would suggest that this “perfect happiness” does exist… Just not in the world as we know it.
“God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.” – St.Augustine
I will leave you with this today:
What is it that fills you with joy?
What is it that makes you feel most alive and fulfilled?
Find that, and I am certain it will lead you to God.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – From the Book of Jeremiah,