Lollipop Moments

I was at work the other day when a family came in to take care of some business.  One of our employees handed the little 3 year old girl that was there a lollipop.  You would have thought that we handed her a million dollars.   With great glee in her voice, she exclaimed "Mommy!  I got a lollipop!!"

When is the last time you had a "lollipop moment"?  When was the last time you got excited when you received a simple blessing?  Truth be told, we can have moments like that every day!  God provides a lot of simple blessings each day…the beauty of a sunrise and sunset, a cool breeze on a spring day, a refreshing rain, the beauty of spring as it blooms, friends and family that love us and we love them, three meals per day.  Sadly, here is often our running commentary….this sunrise is so early, the wind is messing up my hair, spring means pollen…oh my allergies, you don't know MY family, I don't like THAT brand of soup!

When did we become so ungrateful and such sour pusses!?  When did we lose the joy of each day of life and the blessings it brings?  If we try hard enough, God can help us find some lollipop moments even in the very worst of days.  God never stops providing the blessings and the joys, we just stop looking for them and seeing them.  Life can make that happen if we let it.  Losing contentment in our heart can make it happen as well.  "Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am" (Phil 4:12, NASB).

"This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it" (Ps. 118:24, NASB).  It's good to start the day looking for the blessings.  Jesus said, seek and you will find…why not look for some blessings today and have a lollipop, God's treat!


Let No One Steal Your Joy

In Luke 10, where Mary and Martha were in the presence of Jesus, Martha became so busy with preparing for Jesus and His arrival that in the midst of her preparations she lost the joy of being in the presence of the Lord and blamed it on Mary and, in some ways, Jesus.

How sad it is that we become so busy, so distracted, doing things which seem good, that we miss out on the things that are best, being in the presence of the Lord.

Our one reminder from this passage must be to let no one or nothing steal our joy in Jesus.  If we lose our joy in Jesus, our service for Him means nothing, for we will be serving out of an empty heart.

DO NOT LET ANYONE OR ANYTHING STEAL YOUR JOY IN JESUS TODAY!!!  "For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but rightoeusness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Rom 14:16).