Joy

bes tday everTuesday was my grandsons 1st birthday.

This picture was taken Sunday at his early birthday party. Every time I look at this picture I smile and laugh out loud.

What I see in this picture is joy. Unrestrained this is awesome, I can’t believe this is happening, this is the best,

Joy.

My wife suggested a title for this picture

“Best Day Ever”

I had the honor of preaching my first funeral on Tuesday which ironically was my grandsons official birthday. On the same day we honored a saint who has gone home and celebrated a life just beginning, a precious little one, a gift from God.

A few weeks ago I wrote about seasons, how scripture reminds us there is a time for everything. The meaning of that was not as clear to me then as it is now.

A time to live a time to die….

So I made a promise to myself on Tuesday that in this season of my life I will enjoy the gifts God has given me. Every day, every moment. With the same exuberant, unrestrained, best day ever joy that I see in my grandson when this picture was taken.

You should do the same.

John 10:10 “I came to give life with joy and abundance”.

 

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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4 Responses to Joy

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Children are such a blessing from the Lord, No wonder He said “Suffer the little children to come unto Me.” – without guile and just joy. Praise the Lord.

    Thanks for sharing messagefromthefield.

  2. blmaluso says:

    You brought joy to my heart and a smile to my face! Thank you!

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