Do you spread joy? Or are you so consumed with your day to day problems that you don't see the big picture?
I've been reading through my journals. I worked as a cardiovascular nurse specialist for 25 years. I used to write down my experiences. Stories of the many people I met along the way.
In a journal entry dated 6/15/96, I remember David.
Talk about joy ...
David had a heart attack. As I stopped by his hospital room to check in on his progress, he was a joy to behold.
David worked as a janitor in a local community college. He told me how he gets to know the kids who attend the college. Many of them have problems and David is a steady fixture on the premises. His smile is contagious and he has a gift for listening.
Many in a similar job would mope around all day. But not David. He sees his job as an opportunity to spread joy. He always points them to Jesus. After all, he adds, only He can truly solve all their problems.
Even now, David is smiling. He's grateful to be alive after his heart attack. And I find him talking and encouraging all of the nurses, doctors and healthcare workers who enter his room.
David's joy is contagious!
I want to be like David.
How about you? Will you chose joy?
Blessings and love,