Being joyful is Biblical. Paul told the church in Philippi to “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4) and reminded the Galatians of the fruits of the spirit, which included joy, among others (Galatians 5:22). Solomon wrote in Proverbs 17:22, “A joyful heart is good medicine.” So, with all these edicts to be joyful, why don’t we feel so more often? A rhetorical question since we’d probably all answer with the same list … financial stress, demands at work and so on. We’d all agree we desire to experience more joy in our lives … but maybe lack practical application of “how to.”
Recently, blogger Susan Merrill offered some suggestions …
- Stop saying how tired you are.
- Smile at your kids.
- Laugh with your kids.
- Tickle, hug, cuddle, repeat.
- Don’t snap at your kids.
- Don’t rush your kids.
I love this list … mainly because I love when the TO DO’s are attainable and tangible. Do you see one, two or three of Susan’s ideas you could start implementing … today? Maybe becoming an intentional parent will cause in you to be a more joyful parent.