This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
~ Psalm 118:24
Have you ever met someone who seems to just be unhappy... ALWAYS?
I once worked with a person who I never saw smile. Each day it was the same. He complained about the traffic that seemed to block his way to work each day. He was never happy with the service at the deli where he picked up the same breakfast order, but yet, he continued to frequent the place. He was never happy about the number of people on the elevator, and the number of floors the elevator stopped at on the way to the sixth floor, but wouldn't take the stairs because the stairwell was too dark, and had an odor.
Each day it was the same complaints!
I hate to admit it, but I was one of a handful of coworkers that say what he was about to say before he said it because we always heard the same thing.
I had learned when his birthday was so I decided I would surprise him with a chocolate cupcake and a candle. I also sprinkled confetti in an area where I moved paperwork into a single pile (his desk was always insane!)
I watched as he pulled himself off the elevator and made his way to his office". Opening the door, I watched as he saw the cupcake celebration waited for him. "Who did this?"
No reaction. "I hope you didn't get anything out of order."
After a few moments I noticed something that resembled a smirk. Success! I thought!
He came out, shaking a piece of paper, with that smirk. Finally, some happiness. "I got chocolate icing on this report I have to give this morning. Finally, something sweet about this project."
When the day was over, I sat on the park and ride bus on my commute home and just thought, "I give up."
Our life is not meant to be difficult. Our days are not meant to be full of struggles. There is a need to find joy.
One of the things I have tried to accomplish each day before I begin tackling the day is this... I do give thanks for a new day, and I try to discover something to be joyful about.
Simply put, this is the day the Lord has made, and I will rejoice in it!
Hoping you discover the same while remaining in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear Lord, help me to remember this day has been made for joy. Help me to find that joy and share it with others. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.