Joy is Found in the Small

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We live in a society where happiness derives on the more you have.  Better education equals better job opportunities, better job opportunities equal more money, more money leads to bigger homes, nice cars, closets spilling over with shoes, clothes, and accessories, and elaborate trips.

While I know all this is essential for living, I believe that we get ahead of ourselves, move too fast, and miss out on joy because we never stop and feel the moment.  What I am discovering through reading One Thousand Gifts and my own personal journey, less is truly more, and furthermore, joy is found in the small.  Joy is found through the senses – what you see, what you hear, what you smell, taste, feel and experience. 

I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Los Cabos, Mexico for a few days to celebrate a friend’s birthday and some of my own successes. I emptied myself of all the noise, stress, the desire to achieve more, have more, and the hustle and bustle that life can bring and filled myself with the small – the infinite beauty right at my finger tips. 

“I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.” – Philippians 3:7

Wherever you are, allow yourself to be there, fully engaged in the moment.

I sat in awe and marveled at the gorgeous sunset.
Every morning I sat on my patio, drank coffee, and listened to the sounds of the ocean.
I got to see and touch beautiful flowers.
I got to relax pool side.

And create wonderful, lasting memories with friends.

In One Thousand Gifts, Ann said, “When I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me.  This, this, makes me full, and I magnify with thanksgiving, and God enters the world.”
For these moments, I am truly grateful, blessed beyond words. As these photos and memories are delicately shelved in my heart, I give thanks.   Just as Ann said, “God gives gifts and I give thanks, and I unwrap the gift given:  joy.”
What are you thankful for? Have you unwrapped the gift yet?

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