These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” - John 15:11
I love the sound of laughter. I think it’s one of the most wonderful sounds in the world. Hearing someone genuinely laugh without any pretense or thought, just letting it flow out like a child, really is a wonderful thing. It amazes me that God created laughter.
A few days ago, I was putting our two young boys to bed. One climbed on my back while I was kissing the other goodnight. The climber started laughing because it’s fun to climb and laugh, then the other started laughing, then I did. I love that simple laughter can be contagious and the best medicine at the same time.
I love when my wife laughs. When her big beautiful smile takes over her whole face and she enjoys something funny the boys have done, or something just incredibly hilarious that I’ve said (a.k.a. a ‘Dad Joke’).
I absolutely love getting friends, strangers, and everyone in between to laugh.
To me, laughter is both a wonderful feeling and a small daily reminder that our hearts were made to be filled with joy. An unspeakable joy. A joy that is made full in Christ and that one day, when we are face to face with him, we will experience to the fullest.
In John, after giving the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says that he told us these things so that his joy may be in us, and our ‘joy may be full’. I love that Jesus wants us full of his joy. His eternal, everlasting, always giving joy.
The thing about Jesus’ joy is that it is not just the joy that can lead to a light heart and laughter. It’s the joy that sees you through when the cancer comes back, or your child turns away, or the job falls through, or anything else we encounter.
Jesus wants to fill us with his joy. During this season of Lent, let him do that. Then go out and share that joy with the world.
Prayer: Lord, fill our hearts with your joy. Help us to share that joy with our families, our neighbors, our town, and everyone we meet. Help us live our lives in the fullness of a joy that is constantly pointing others to you.