Lighten Up

Recently one of our staff was telling me about the opportunity he had to meet Michael W. Smith.  He was so stinkin’ excited that he got to shake his hand and get his picture taken.  I smiled politely and said “Wow, that’s great” with as much enthusiasm as I could muster.  You see, I worked in the Christian music business for 9 years so hanging out with Christian celebrities doesn’t feel that exciting to me anymore.

But as Blake walked away, I was totally convicted that I didn’t celebrate his joyful moment.  That was an exciting opportunity for him.  Smitty is someone he looks up to, admires, and respects.  He made a memory with that meeting.

Sometimes, well… most of the time, I take life way too seriously.  I miss the little moments… the sweet celebrations… the pockets of joy in an otherwise hectic world.

We can never under estimate the power of “joy.”  I’m pretty sure it’s a fruit of the spirit for a big reason.

By definition Joy means:

  1. the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation
  2. a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated
  3. the expression or display of glad feeling; festive gaiety
  4. a state of happiness or felicity

Dallas Willard says

Full joy is our first line of defense against weakness, failure, and disease of mind and body.

This joy stuff is pretty powerful!

For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD;
I sing for joy at the works of your hands.

Psalm 92:4

What joyful moment do you need to embrace today?

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  • Lindsey November 19, 2009  

    Funny. I knew when you said “stinkin'” you were talking about Blake.

  • jan owen November 19, 2009  

    – just being with my husband and/or my kids or friends
    – being fully present with people and to God so I can truly feel that joy, and be thankful.
    – enjoy being alive, relatively healthy, and strong.
    – be thankful i am loved even at a time that feels confusing.

  • brandiandboys November 19, 2009  

    my sweet boys… we spend too much time rushing and not enough time enjoying the small things.

  • Heidi November 20, 2009  

    I am walking a 5k tonight on behalf of my mom who has Lymphoma. It’s Non- hodgkins that means incurable.

    I want to soak in tonight, not because of the cancer hass attacked my mom’s body, But because the cancer brought us back together.

    We had a estranged relationship for years.
    I didn’t realize how much I am like her and have her passion for life, people, and chocolate cake (ha!)

  • DEb November 26, 2009  

    OH LORDY girl… is that what you think of me when I BLAB on and on and on about you-know-who????? LOLOLOL… SORRRRY!!!!! But you know how much I just LOVE her and her music and everything else! I am one of “those” people.. I get SO excited… of course, even Merlyn excites me…he sings SO GOOOOOOD! I LOVE HIM! (and u) LOL

    I know..Imma messsss

  • DEb November 26, 2009  

    oops….I forgot to answer the post..hahaha…my joyful moment today is just breathing! Knowing GOD, himself, is giving me every single breath…. 🙂