“I can’t stop laughing,” said my 8 year-old granddaughter. And her candy-coated laughter continued to erupt as she stayed on her feet while propelling us in a jumbo bubble-wrapped balloon of plastic. Meanwhile I was on my knees trying to stand up (which is where I spent most of my time). Back at the starting point, tumbling out of the bubble’s door, we both wiped sweat from our foreheads. Her laughter burst on.
I giggled with her, her joy positively contagious (even though I wondered if I needed to call a chiropractor).
Ahh…Joy. Webster definition of this noun includes a feeling of great happiness. When was the last time you did joy? Sometimes it needs to be almost intentional, doesn’t it? Or we might feel we need to get our work done, our relationships right, our finances balanced before we allow ourselves to experience joy.
But….look here! How, in His word are we directed to do joy?
Ecclesiastes 9:7 Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.
He’s already approved what you do. You can do joy….now!
Doing joy could be making a cake, decorating a sugar cookie, drinking sweet tea on a park bench, visiting a bakery store with your favourite macaroons, or dining at that awesome ‘only the locals know about’ cafe.
Ecclesiastes 3:12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.
Joy could be doing a little bit of silly to make some happy, like having a (fun) battle at a wedding.
Joy could be doing a bit of crafting, to create something for a smile of another.
Joy may even be had after a long line-up for a once-in-a-life-time meet-up of Lightening McQueen.
Joy could be doing a little looking at some shiny bling, or in that moment strapping on that luggage for the road trip.
Joy could be in the doing of a little watching of feline creatures.
Or in taking the time, that moment, to pick up that hobby you’ve left behind (but oh so wants you to be happy).
And doing joy could be while doing good when volunteering. And even sweeter joy meeting ‘the band.’ (Tim and Glory Boys at Youth Conference 2017, Red Deer, Alberta)
What is your list of joy, my friend? And what is one thing you could do today, even if small or silly, to “to be happy and to do good“?
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.