Joy

White lettering on black background with fireworks, says "Joy."

Sure, sometimes you keep it to yourself.

You smile a little and quietly acknowledge joy with a warm internal nod.

It is possible to experience joy and not let anyone know.

It’s possible.

But, wow – why would you keep it to yourself?

Share your joy!

Notice and celebrate somebody else’s!

“I’ve got joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart,” we sang at Sunday School.

The song continues, “Down in my heart to stay.”

No, no, no.

Joy isn’t meant to stay down in our heart.

It’s meant to be shared.

That’s a song I try and sing.

Every. Single. Day.


I’ve struggled in recent months to find the time and energy to write. A group of writers proposed writing something every day for the month of October, based on a one word prompt, and writing in just five minutes – no worrying about perfect grammar or always being poignant or well-polished. I’m giving it a go in an effort to jump start my writing. For the one word prompts, I’m going to follow along with The Upper Room’s Sight Psalms. They put out a picture a day and apply one word and a short reflection. If you are reading this, thanks for accompanying me for this experiment in motivation and discipline.

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