We recently had company and I overheard the six-year-old asking her mother, “Why do the people in this house laugh all the time?” Well, that was her perspective. It made me laugh. 🙂
It also made me think. What is the reason people laugh? People are happy when things go their way. It comes naturally. We were playing spoons the other night for example and the ones who grabbed them first were very happy. The rest of us weren’t. 🙂 But why smile when things are normal? That is where joy comes in. Unlike happiness, joy is a result of what is going on inside us, not what is happening to us. It is the fellowship of our soul with the Lord during the normal routine. Over the past few weeks we have not been overly elated about the responsibilities Michael and James left, but we are so glad we can do them and make their ministry possible. It is exciting to be in the Lord’s will! 🙂 We are all glad to be doing what we are doing right now!
This little girl commented on how happy we were, but it was a good reminder to me to constantly and consciously dwell in the Lord’s presence because that is where there is fullness of joy. (Ps. 16:11) This type of joy is a choice. What is your choice? (1 Thes. 5:16-17)