Now that you have laid down and slept in God’s safety, it is time to get up and…
Let joy be the defining trait of your character. Let joyful be the first-word people use to describe you before they use words like honest, hard-working, and generous – among others.
Be joyful because Jesus Christ died to set you free from sin so you have life everlasting. If that does not make you joyful, I do not know what will.
Then scatter your joy to the people in your little piece of God’s world. How?
Just smile. You can send flowers if you want to as well. But when you are out and about running errands, just smile at the people you see along the way. Your smile just might make someone’s day.
I also associate being joyful with celebrating life. Whether it is big events like job promotions or little things like the first dandelion or the first leaf changing color. We get so wrapped up in the hubbub of life we don’t stop and celebrate the little things or even small accomplishments.
Now we shall see if I take my own advice as work put more responsibility on me and my teammates. The additional duties start on Sunday.
I will also figure out a way to incorporate more celebrations on JoyReturns for next year.
So start being joyful, living joyful, and celebrating joyfully even in the hard times.
Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.