After listening to all the speakers at the Warrior Coaching Leadership Summit 2017 I walked away with a deep understanding in my heart that true joy can only be found in a spiritual journey.
There was a collective agreement from the 15 presenters that joy does not come from more stuff and happy experiences
but instead it comes from journeying together
in the good times and the tough times. Sharing of ourselves in relationship with each other is the journey that God has put us on.
And yet the world with its many voices of competition, power, consumerism and consumption, wants to rob us of this truth.
I once heard of a famous musician in his younger years used to seek out people with power and wealth to spend time and develop relationship with them. After journeying on this path for a few decades (and himself becoming famous and wealthy) he now says that he wouldn't cross the street to meet most of them because so many of them are consumed with their ego
and accumulation of power and wealth
and they have no joy
. Instead he would rather engage with people that are weak and broken and work on developing meaningful friendships. The truth is that only a relationship with God and deep friendship with others will bring joy to our lives.
Out of these relationships we learn to care for those less fortunate than us. Through serving others, we learn to hear God's voice, we are more certain of our calling, and we begin to understand that the journey towards joy requires us to walk through good times and tough times.
God will use every single struggle to multiply our effectiveness in our calling.
He uses every victory and every defeat to prepare us for eternity and live for heaven on earth here and now.
There is a better way. There is freedom in stepping out of the rat race, in spending more time with friends, in serving others well and in being thankful for all the little things in life.