To hear the sound of laughter…that belly roll, tears running down the face, snorting type of laughter…can be beautifully delightful. It seems that some people can find joy in almost any situation. It is as if they have been given the gift of a vision beyond what everyone else sees. They have a way of finding the good in something broken. They find excitement in the mundane. When they laugh, you can’t help but smile. Even if you don’t know why they are laughing, you just can’t help it…you begin to laugh.
The thing is…these people aren’t exempt from the struggles and failures in life. They are not free from depression or defeat. They simply are able to see something beyond the circumstance. They are able to find a bit of laughter in the simple. They pull joy out of the ordinary.
I want to be like that. I want to find joy in the simple. I want to find laughter that is contagious. I want to see the good. And I happen to believe it is possible. I am not talking about a pollyanna, everything is just rosy type of view. That sounds fake. I am talking about having a view that actually sees what is already there. Nothing has to be made up. Nothing has to be created as a fairy tale. Nothing is required except the time and effort to see. And for me, I think it begins with having God’s love clearing my view. I think it has everything to do with seeing things as God does, in all of its beauty and glory. Seeing beyond the surface and recognizing the potential may not come easy, but that doesn’t make it impossible. It may just take effort.
May we see…May we enjoy…May we laugh…and may we find unexpected joys in an ordinary day.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.
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