Today, I woke up with a severe pain in my heel. I have Plantar fasciitis – a non life-threatening condition. It limits mobility!! Treatable and possibly curable it is no more than a painful irritating stumbling block to movement. I am aware of the suffering pains of others but this is my pain and it’s a ‘bummer’.
The fruit of JOY is not ‘happiness’. It is deeper – it is more profound. It can and does change the environment around.
Today I choose JOY. The challenge to you is can you also choose this fruit sometime this week?
Choosing is different to waiting for it to happen. It a deliberate lifestyle choice.
The most memorable incident in my life when ‘JOY’ changed everything was certainly not chosen or planned.
It was at my mother’s funeral. The Chapel was packed. Lots of memories – Tears – My brother and I were suddenly aware we were now orphans.
A little boy not even two years old toddled down the aisle and placed a small truck on the coffin lid. Then he sat down. PLOP! The sound reverberated.
A bubble of the purest joy burst forth soundlessly from my heart. I saw it on faces all around.
It was our grandson and our daughter was frantic to catch him and return him to his seat at the back.
No one laughed – my daughter looked concerned. No one else moved. It was as if a bubble of light had burst forth upon us all . It was a Promise of Hope and thankfulness but a celebration of LIFE.
I choose JOY today……I will live in it even if movement is limited.
Live your life to its absolute FULLNESS!