Total Joy - March 24, 2020

So, something you should know about me.... I'm a sap.

I love the sappy stuff. I'm quick to tear up at sad parts in movies, shows, and books. I love the cheese. In fact, the cheesier the better. It's not all I like, but I'm not afraid of emotions in entertainment. I did tear up when Tony Stark died at the end of Endgame (not a spoiler, it's been almost two years). I love John Grisham novels, and cheer out loud when the good guys win. I just love the good stuff that makes us human.

I also love watching Britain's Got Talent on YouTube. Not just that, but America's Got Talent, X-Factor, all the talent shows on TV. My favorite are the golden buzzer videos. When someone performs so well that a judge pushes the golden buzzer and the gold confetti falls, I love to watch. And I know exactly why. It's because when the contestant sees the golden confetti, sees the judge push that golden buzzer, I get to see a reaction that gets me every time: total joy.

It's momentary, of course. It isn't the only time people have that reaction. At childbirth, weddings, promotions, many life events. But on YouTube, that reaction is found so often in golden buzzer videos. I was watching one in particular about Britain's Got Talent, and this teacher brought his students, age 4-11, on the show to perform. They weren't technically the best. Even the teacher said some were talented, but others in the group were "enthusiastic." But the performance was just so much fun and entertaining, and may I add heartwarming. One judge was brought to tears, and said it was the most joyous thing he had seen as he pushed the golden buzzer. The reaction of the kids and the teacher was so heartwarming.

I watch these types of videos all the time. But in this moment yesterday, the Holy Spirit spoke to me. I can see this joy, but the joy we have as Christians, in Christ, is even greater than this. We are told in the Word that we are to take joy in suffering, to make a joyful noise, and that one of the fruits of Christ is joy. But honestly, as Christians, we should have nothing but joy. Not that we won't have other experiences here on this side of Heaven. But when it's all said and done, nothing that happens here can take away the joy we should have that we will spend eternity with our Lord, our Savior, our God, our Christ. That alone is all we need. The only thing more joyful I can think of is when someone else accepts Christ and will join us at the end. That is total joy.

Acts 2:38 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.

Peter was talking about what David said about God. As Christians, we always have Him with us, as the Holy Spirit. We are never abandoned, even if times get tough for us or all around us. Though we feel pain now, it will end, but that eternal joy will not. And while I'm here on Earth, it is my goal, renewed daily, to spread joy to others. To get that golden buzzer reaction from everyone. That feeling of I have it all and I want to share it all with the world. Total joy.

I hope you all have joy today and every day. And when you see someone who does not, give them some. As Christians, we have plenty to be joyful for and more than enough joy to share. Know I love y'all, even if I don't know you yet.

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