“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” — Gautama Buddha. I love that quote! It is really my prayer for everybody that we’ll all ‘discover’ and ‘give’. It is sound advice for all of mankind and I believe that each of us is born with that same inner purpose and hope.
As for me, I see God in this world; knowing His beautiful reality opens a precious part of our world to discover and give myself to. As grand and amazing as our world is in its magnitude and intricacy, it is only a small part of His creation. God, our creator, is so much ‘bigger’ than all that we observe around us and His purpose in our existence and living isn’t any smaller of a thing to Him. We aren’t just ‘part of’ creation, we are the entire purpose for it.
When we seek it, His purpose for us trickles down through our lives; we find the beautiful and difficult experiences of our lives enrich our understanding and empower us. As surely as Christ’s descent below all things further empowered Him, through the Gift of Christ, He helps us do the same. His power and guidance gives us beauty where we might have only seen ashes. We find ourselves capable to do a lot of different things and to lift others in ways that others may not readily recognize or be prepared to. Our unique divine nature pairs with our unique earthly experience to forge a powerful sense of purpose.
And speaking up – opening my mouth – and writing – is part of my purpose. God hasn’t filled me in as to what He hopes to accomplish in my sharing, but ‘downstream effects’ aren’t near as important to me as following His direction. That is where I find my joy. It is how He purifies who I am.
But I don’t want to be deceiving, as much as I have a passion for beauty and goodness; I have a hatred for things that are ugly and evil. I generally strive for gentleness, but – if you ask me – I frequently feel I see somethings too clearly and feel them to deeply to leave me playing daintily. I hope to one day be as gentle as I can be direct.
My name is Greg Joos. I grew up in Idaho Falls and loved it there, it seemed big enough for every opportunity, but small enough to avoid a lot of big-city problems. I enjoyed everything that I got involved in. I enjoyed athletics, academics, computers, church and taking things apart; I eventually participated in ballroom dance, tennis, choir, and even a play. I still love all of those people that I spent time with and admire who they are. I treasure the amazing mentors I had who taught me lessons that I would hold onto and revisit throughout my life.
Faith has been a huge part of my life. I’ve experienced varieties of struggle and heartache – abuse of various kinds, issues with my own worth and identity, a faith transition, and divorce. It all sucks really, but I like to think there are worthwhile things that come from even the most undesirable things in life.
Lastly, I am grateful for some great friends who have unknowingly fulfilled some of the promises that God has given to me; thanks guys.