I love sitting back and watching my kids. Usually, I am up cleaning or doing school work while they play freely, but occasionally I just sit back and watch. Last night they were playing with Halloween candy. Yep, we still have a bunch left. Superhero Son wanted to eat it. Darling Daughter just wanted to move little pieces from one bucket to another, then back again. She loves sorting.
Like usual, they began to argue. I told Superhero Son to let her sort. He could eat some later. She sorted, and sorted, and sorted some more. Finally, she squealed, clapped her hands, and said, “Yay!” I guess she finally fixed them just right. Then she carried two pieces to her brother.
Upon receiving his anticipated gift, he clapped and shouted. He ripped open a piece for himself and a piece for his sister.
They both displayed great joy by clapping their hands and shouting. Was there a moment in your day yesterday when you did that?
As a teacher, I get to say things and do things that make my students clap and shout for joy all the time. Of course, it doesn’t take much. Five extra minutes of recess on a pretty day will do the trick.
We are 1 week from Thanksgiving now. Today, be thankful for those that bring you joy. Praise God for the ones in your life who make you clap your hands and shout for joy.
Then try to come up with a way to be the joy in someone else’s life. For my husband, all I need is a good home cooked meal. For my teammates, a quick, funny video from YouTube about the stresses of teaching.
Psalm 47:1 Clap your hands all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.
This isn’t just a nice verse in the Bible. It is a command for our lives. We were not created to stumble miserably through this life. We were made for joy!