One thing that is unmistakably evident in your life is your joy. We always say that you do everything with such gusto, a few examples – you run at full speed with Mighty (our dog) with uncontrollable laughter and often trip between your own feet, you eat your favorite foods in true “beast” style (there is no such thing as a small bite to you…it’s always by the fistful), you can down a smoothie in 1 minute flat (faster than both daddy and mommy, don’t you get brain freeze???), and even the way you fiercely throw a ball make adults scared that if they don’t catch it fast enough they might face a hit. There is no such thing as holding back or doing things in moderation in your world and that’s one thing we love about you. And so it is with your joy. It’s so contagious, your laughter is what often makes me laugh too. I hope you’ll never lose this unadulterated joy.
I too remember as a child being so wide-eyed in wonder about everything. But somehow with age, people slowly lose that sense of crazy joy and it becomes something you have to actively fight for. Mommy has been reading this book called “One Thousand Gifts” and the author, A. Voskamp, shares the secret to finding true joy in the everyday mundane. It comes with gratitude and perspective. In the chapter I read last night she makes a connection between child like joy and child like perspective. Here are some quotes I wanted to share with you.
“If the heights of our joy are measured by the depths of our gratitude, and gratitude is but a way of seeing, a spiritual perspective of smallness might offer a vital way of seeing especially conducive to gratitude.”
“Don’t I often desperately want to wriggle free of the confines of a small life? Yet when I stand before immensity that heightens my smallness – I have never felt sadness. Only burgeoning wonder. Is it is because within each frame of finite flesh lies the likeness of infinite God?”
“Awe ignites joy because it makes us bend the knee and I remember a night chasing moon and we are in deepest happiness in the posture of grateful worship. Because the God-likeness within our smallness speaks to Father-God in His magnificence…all wonder and worship can only grow out of smallness.”
I was so blessed by this chapter as it reminded me the key to a joyful life in God. Maybe sometime in the future when you need to be reminded of that kind of crazy, happy joy of your child-self, you’ll read this letter and remember that it came from the simple fact that the joy of small makes life large. YOU are my constant reminder of how to be joy FULL and I wanted to say thank you for that.