5 Minutes from the Heart: Joy

62c1a63f9acb3d52c7a9863d42623ef7Linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker this morning for what she calls “a flash mob of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them.”

Today’s prompt is Joy!

Start: 6:41 AM

The first thing I thought of this morning was the verse that says a joyful heart does good like a medicine. This is so true. Joy is infectious. Not only does your joy infect other people, but it also takes you further in your own heart and mind. You often hear people say fake it until you make it. Joy is one of those things that you can set your mind to, and eventually you will have it overflowing in your soul.

I have always made a conscious effort to have a smile on my face, and no, that doesn’t necessarily mean that I am always happy, but it does mean that I want to pour joy into the hearts of other. I want others to receive from me a bit of hope and love. Knowing that my smile may be the only one they see that day gives me purpose in sharing it with others. I make a special effort to smile at people who look like things may not be going their way today; the people who have that serious or distance look on their face. Often people smile back, and I may never know what that small gesture did for them, but I have faith that God can use that little seed that I planted. He can take a simple smile, a gesture of joy, and use it as medicine in their soul.

Whose soul will you pour medicine into today?

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