There are plenty of times that I tell my kids “no.” But there are also plenty of times I say “yes!”
And nearly once a week I say yes to donuts. Sure, I like them myself, but I have also raise kids that enjoy the special treat!
While parenting is most often about convincing your kids to endure pain to get better (take the gross medicine to heal) it is also teaching each other how to chase and embrace joy.
What are the things you can say yes to today to dig up a smile in your family or friends? Or just uncover your own smile?! Go for it.
Be it a donut, a string of silly jokes, a dance party, or petting every dog you meet in the park, go for it.
Some days, donuts will do, will you?
“When people mock the God of the Bible, this is the God they are mocking: the one who aligns Himself with the last and the weakest; the one who promises to set things right in the end; the one who says the last will be first.
“This is His team. His starting lineup consists of the poor and the outcast and the orphan and the alien and the widow. I may be none of those things, but if God identifies with them, I want to identify with them.
“This is my team… He has a team… make no mistake; it’s a promise: They’re going to win.” – Brant Hansen, Blessed Are the Misfits.
Live knowing how the story ends. Laugh more. Be silly. Bring joy. In Christ, you win, because he won.
“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:3–7 ESV)
Go ahead and read that again. Let it sink in today. You were, you add the descriptors, and Jesus saved you. Not because of anything you had done or might one day do, but according to his mercy. He renews you by the Spirit, he changes your heart and flooded in his grace we are made heirs with him and we have eternal hope. It is a done deal; we are secure in Jesus no matter where you are from.
Now this is more that just something to rally you today. This is something that is meant to utterly demolish and regenerate our lives and worlds. Everything follows after this truth and we live in the midst of the goodness and loving kindness of God. Let is soak through your life, let it change the way you think, let it rid you of envy, be free from the slavery of sin and anger that can define your relationships.
Seek Jesus to make this real in you and through you today. Be humbled by his grace and care for you and ask him, by the Spirit to enthuse your day with the hope of eternal life that we have in him. Our hope is worthwhile not because we have it, but because what it is in, Jesus.
Run free today.
“True obedience to God emerges when reverential awe and joyful gratitude flow together in the absence of the slavish fear of wrath.” – Greg Forster, The Joy of Calvinism.