I went to grab the cereal box off the counter to put it away. It was light so I shook it and heard a little rattle. I dumped it over and out plopped four cheerio’s. I thought to myself; “FOUR cheerios? Why could they not eat those four or take care of the empty box? Did they value these little O’s so much that while they were stuffed to the brim, they could not bear the thought of throwing them out?
I know most likely it was pure laziness, but my mind laughs and ponders things from many different angles. And the thought kept coming to mind, “ seriously four cheerio’s wouldn’t even be enough for the family to have one each. We would each get a part of a cheerio.”
And of course just as my mind usually goes wandering, it got me to thinking about the fact that the Lord never runs out of joy for me. Just when I think I am empty, I can look inside and find some measure of joy. The joy is never ending, always flowing, if I take the time to look for it. Just like I took the moment to see what was inside the cheerio box. However, unlike the cheerios that seemed to not have much value, the measure of joy inside me will always hold MUCH value. Some days my measure will feel less than others, but there will always be some joy.
RJ says, “ I know why I left the four cheerio’s in there, it was so you could enjoy the little things.”
Challenge this day my friend: Take time to look for your measure of joy.
John 15:11 – “ I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. (NIV)