May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father Colossians 1:12
When my kids were little they used to love watching Winnie the Pooh while I was driving. Actually they loved watching just about any DVD while I was driving. However, as the driver, there were certain DVD’s that I could tolerate listening to more than others. Even remembering those days for a moment has me singing the map song from Dora the Explorer….ugh!
Winnie the Pooh was easy on the ears. There were no annoying songs, voices or catch phrases (Elmo likes to help) to get stuck in my head. My favorite character was Eeyore. Now those of you that know me well might take me for a Tigger kind of Girl. I do tend to bounce around full of energy, looking for fun, in my seemingly happy go lucky sort of way. Just like Tigger, nothing stops me in my tracks faster than someone that needs a little cheering up.
Yes, I like Tigger; but Eeyore is the one that makes me smile the most. His glass is so empty that I am not sure he even has a glass anymore. Though most of the words that come out of his mouth are depressing and filled with self-pity, there is just something likable about him.
“If it is a good morning, which I doubt” is a familiar phrase of his. I think it’s cute when he says it. Funny thing is, I know a lot of real life Eeyores, and they are not so cute.
You know who I am talking about right? They are the people at work who have a permanent scowl. They are the people who when you walk by, smile, and say “good morning”, they stare straight ahead and don’t say anything (who does that?!) They are the people who you share good news with and their response makes you wish you would’ve kept your mouth shut.
Now don’t misunderstand me. I am not suggesting that we need to act all Tiggerish all the time. We all have bad days and seasons of true sadness. I am not talking about the person that is struggling with real life. I am talking about the ones that could win the lottery and their response would be “My luck, I will die tomorrow”.
Though we all have Eeyore days, as Christians we really should be more on the Tiggerish side when it comes to our faith. We should be so full with the joy of our salvation that we can’t help but bounce around sharing the Good News with others don’t you think?
It’s not that easy though is it? Life often seems to get in the way of the joy. That is probably why it is one of the things Paul prays for the church about. He prays that the believers may be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. If it came naturally, I am guessing he wouldn’t have felt the need to pray for them about it.
What if you switched the verse around to read always thanking the Father fills you with joy. I am not suggesting Paul got it wrong. I am suggesting that one way to be filled with joy is to stop and think of all of the things God has done for us. When I still myself long enough to meditate on all of the blessings in my life, big and small, I cannot help but feel joy for what a good good Father our God truly is.
When we fail to recognize the many things we have to be thankful for, it is easy to fall into Eeyore Christian mode. Our outlook becomes “at least I get to go to heaven someday” (you need to say it in Eeyore’s voice to get the full effect).
If you are feeling like you have lost your bounce, put on a little worship music (may I suggest Bethel Worship) and take a moment to thank God for all He has done and continues to do in your life. I guarantee you will start feeling a little better. If something is weighing you done please fill out prayer request. I would consider it an honor and privilege to pray for you.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me on my best days and my worst days. Thank you for all you have done for me. Fill me with joy to the overflow so I may be a light and a blessing to others. Help me let go of the pain and hurts that weigh me down. Restore my joy so I may share the Good News of your love with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Love, Grace, and a Tiggerish Day To You All,