As adults we look for joy in silly places. Houses need to be perfect, jobs problem free, children behaving like angels, money piled in the bank along with friends and family waiting in the wings for you and maybe as adults we’ll let that joy in. It’s a problem that we adults have because we have let go of our childish ways. We cling to happiness that the world is dependent on, not the joy that God has instilled inside of us.
Yet Christ has called us to have the hearts and faith of children. Give a child butterfly face paint, a newspaper hat, and grape snow cone and their joy is fulfilled for days. Joy is never dependent on the contents of our wallets or status among friends. Joy is a gift from God that dwells within us from salvation all the way into heaven. No matter how bad your day is, was, or you think will be…. God’s joy is still there because His gift of salvation is always there.
Oh Lord, let my faith and joy be that simple. Thank you for giving me this beautiful kid to teach me even more than I will ever teach her.