Where is your joy?
The other night our kids had way too much sugar before bed. So I decided they needed to burn it off quickly before trying to start our night time routine. We turned on music and started running circles through our house. When we got to the stairwell, I turned on a disco light, and made the kids do a quick dance break. This went on for 45 minutes. The four of us laughed and ran. It didn't cost anything, it wasn't planned and it is a memory I will hold onto for years.
Z asked the next day if we could do it again but he wanted to plan out the course. Andy and I were exhausted but I saw the excitement on his face over this, and just couldn't say no. So we did an obstacle course through the house. The dishes sat dirty on the counter, the couch was torn apart, dirty laundry stayed piled up but we ran and danced before bed. We all laughed. We created another memory together.
Sometimes I think we get stuck in our schedules and routines and we forget to capture the moments that leave positive memories. When my kids get older and we are sitting around the table with their kids, I hope the memories of dance parties and races fill the conversation, and not mom and dad were too busy doing dishes.
Joy in our lives is vitally important. We can't wait for the big moments because often we build those things up (Christmas, Vacations, etc.) and they don't turn out like we hoped, and we lose the joy that would be in them. We need to laugh, deep belly laughs, to keep our minds and hearts open.
Psalm 126:2-3 says:
Our mouths were filled with laughter then, and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then they said among nations, "The Lord has done great things for them." The Lord had done great things for us; we were joyful.
Remember that our joy comes from the Lord and help other experience that feeling. You don't have to do something big but share a laugh, a memory, a moment with another person. Help spread joy this year and see how your life is changed from it.