Joy

Jesus said to the crowds,
“I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
But I told you that although you have seen me,
you do not believe.
Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me,
that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day.” Jn 6:35-40

I had the privilege yesterday of volunteering with my team for the Hubbard House organization. We put together a party for the ladies that live in this facility, with their children. They are victims of domestic violence, and they just watching them yesterday, enjoying food and fun, it was a great moment for me. I am very proud of the time and efforts that my group put together for this event. It was something special to be apart of.

I bring this up not to brag. I have no reason to be boastful about helping or volunteering time like this. I bring it up because, despite the long hours, heavy lifting, serving, and everything else that was involved, this morning, my body is only slightly more tired than on a normal day. I had more joy out of serving like I did yesterday, then all of my years spent at a desk managing people. The only explanation that I have for this, is the fact that we were doing this for someone else.  I can not explain at all, the feelings of joy and happiness that happened yesterday within me.

If I could only get everyone in the world to understand the joy that comes from being in service to others. We all get caught up in our life, and we forget that we are blessed to not be in need of something. I could have easily been on the other in of the serving line yesterday. It could be me at any point in my life that is looking for a little joy in a world that has been turned upside-down. I pray that I am always able to give back like that, and provide that little glimmer of something happy, even if it is for one day.

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