This is a 2 part post, so bear with me!
1. At work I have to take a shuttle in because the parking situation is not ideal near the University of Arizona. As I was getting onto the shuttle yesterday, the driver (who happens to be my favorite) commented to another passenger how I am always smiling. I quickly thanked him, and commented on the fact that I don't have a very attractive angry face, so I don't want to scare everyone away even if I'm in a bad mood.
But that comment got me thinking. Over the years, I have learned that a smile can greatly improve not only my mood, but those around me. It is a conscious choice I make to plaster that smile on my face, because even if I'm not feeling the smiley-ness inside at first, it will quickly spread to those around me and in turn affect my attitude in a positive way. I want to be a person that can be referred to as "always smiling," because I want to show that I feel joyful even if a situation may be less than ideal (like the partially awake state that is the beginning of every morning). An old college friend of mine used to say, "Happiness is a choice." And it truly is, as is Joy.
On most days, I don't feel that I have much to offer, but if I can bring a smile to another person's face, joy to their heart, and show the love of Christ through it all, than I have offered much more than I can ever hope for.
So I choose Joy! What about you?
2. When I saw the post title, I instantly thought of my soon to be born niece, Hannah Joy! Her sweet mama Melissa, has had quite the pregnancy and will finally be able to get off bed rest. Prayers were definitely answered, and as of tomorrow she will be carrying a term baby! We can't wait to meet you Miss Hannah Joy! Will you all just take a moment to pray for Melissa, Aaron, and their precious baby! Pray for a safe delivery and healthy Mommy, Baby, and Daddy (and that Daddy doesn't pass out!).
I hope you all have a blessed weekend!