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If you're reading this...maybe it's because you appreciated the Ren and Stimpy reference. If not, let's get to the good stuff.
"One of the greatest gifts you can give this holiday season is to let people know what you appreciate about them.
"Gratitude doesn't exist in a vacuum. It lives in relationships. It deepens when it's shared in words--not just felt in hearts."
The above quote is a post from his Twitter and LinkedIn accounts this morning. I don't think that it could be said much better than he did, the best you could do is tie...and that is not what I am trying to do with what comes next. I just really appreciated reading his words this morning, so I thought I'd share.
Having children has given me a new love for the season. Not that I didn't love it before, it's just completely different when experiencing it from a father's perspective. So maybe it's not a new love, simply a deeper one.
Hope wanted to ask Santa to bring her more Christmas Lights (she, of course, didn't talk to him: opting to cry while sitting on his lap instead). Her joy every time we saw Christmas Lights over the last month was pure, unadulterated, and heart warming.
If you have never been on a Christmas Light tour with an almost 2 year old (Hope), a 3 1/2 year old (my niece, Olivia), and an almost 4 year old (Ace), you haven't lived. Hearing them sing Christmas songs is an equally entrancing experience. And those are just 2 examples. There are too many to list. Mia and Sara make it an equally beautiful experience.
Joy warms the heart. While Adam Grant writes of gratitude, an admirable and enriching quality that I strive daily to improve upon, my call here is for joy.
"Joy is the simplest form of gratitude," according to a quote attributed to theologian Karl Barth. The quote is also the title of this short essay that shows up first when you search the quote on Google.
"Joy is the simplest form of gratitude." Romans 15:13 tells us that joy leads to our "overflow[ing] with confident hope." The gift of joy brings hope!
Happy Christmas. And happy every other holiday you might observe. May it be abundant with opportunities to share your joy with others. May it bring you even greater joy. And if, for some reason, it doesn't, you can choose joy anyway, and then you will have hope.