After traveling from one tip of Florida to the other, I spent a little time on the computer trying to map out this coming week's business plan. Afterwards, thought I would catch the end of the NASCAR race (big Dale Earnhart, Jr .fan), when my grandson Logan asked me to play with him. As a younger, much less wiser man, I may have said wait until the race is over, I was too worn out. But now, in an enlightened state about what children need (the new baby gets most of the attention now), I said let's do it. And, after getting beat 2 of 3 games, I still felt very warm and fuzzy for doing something that made us both happy.
Shortly after, the right hand man of my boss, who shares a collector car collection with him, called to see if I could stop in at a dealership and look at one they have been working on for 5 months before they paid for the car... in Palm Beach. Well, life does have its rewards! Sometimes right after we do the right thing. Guess I know where I am going now.
What makes you happy? Are you doing it, or just existing day by day? I remember not too long ago wondering how I would pay the bills, whether I was even in the right profession? I remember the struggle of operating day to day. But even then, there was Across The Bridge, that made me happy being a part of it. It made me happy knowing I was doing something God was pleased with. All of us need to laugh, to recreate and to take some time to explore our passion or we are like that tree Jesus saw that withered away from lack of attention.
What I have found at the top of the happiness ladder is spending time with people who walk away after an experience with us feeling much better than before our time together. God wants us to treat other folks like we would treat Him, and leave them wanting more.
Jesus never solved all the problems, just enough that they kept following Him to find out more. We are certainly not Him, but we are his ambassadors who can spread goodwill, and leave others feeling warm and fuzzy that we care. Then they will usually ask what makes us so different, and come back to hear more.
So this week, let's make a difference to someone else, let's step out of the self box and into the arena of joyful living. Let us be Christ in the flesh to someone who needs attention who may not be getting enough.
Saying all that just makes me warm and fuzzy inside. So does going to Palm Beach!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.