You know how people say laughter is the best medicine? That it’s contagious? I’m actually convinced that it’s joy that is the best medicine and that’s contagious. Laughter is often a physical manifestation of joy. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where the last thing we want to do is be joyful. Often, we believe joy will come when we hit the next thing or achieve the bigger and better. What if I told you that joy could be found in the NOW?
Duncan Robinson recently wrote his thoughts on this idea…
What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away. Ecc 3:9 – 15
It’s not a particularly big dream, it’s a small one, a simple one. One simple idea for life that is directly proportional to whatever your plot, wherever it is. That you might find joy and do good all the days of your life. That you might find pleasure in the toil of what you do.
Joy is not connected to the size of the plot, or the items in the plot, or what the plot might look like in the future. Joy as a precious gift is available now, exactly where you are.
Perhaps the plot contains joy, right now. It isn’t dependent on speed or the next big thing, it isn’t about the future or the past. It is present right in this very moment.
In this season.
That joy and goodness isn’t dependent on possessions or consumerism, but something far deeper and more profound. The joy of doing good, and enjoying the work that you do right now.
Talk about a perspective shift! We always hear things about living each day as a gift, but Duncan shows us how to practically do that. Joy is something that is available in this very moment. It is up to each of us whether or not we reach out to receive the gift. If you enjoyed Duncan’s words of wisdom, make sure to head HERE to read more of his thoughts.