This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (KJV)
When is the last time you allowed yourself to go back into the Hundred Acre Wood? (Hopefully you smiled when you read that question.) For a fleeting moment you remembered!! That unforgettable memory when life wasn’t so serious, deadlines didn’t control you, raindrops were enjoyed, puddles were destroyed, and time was endless. (Do I sense another smile and a sigh?) In the movie Christopher Robin, life around Christopher has changed him. He’s an adult, doing the adult things; marriage, family and trying to earn a living in an economy that is challenging his abilities. Life is not being enjoyed. Not by Christopher, his wife or his daughter! As you watch the movie you can’t help but feel for Christopher. We remember the days of old when he was carefree and enjoyed whimsical activities with his closest friends. You just long to tell Christopher to stop, re-evaluate your situation for the real wealth of life, and chose to live in the moment, love your wife and cherish time with your daughter.
The uncomfortable then happens….. am I Christopher Robin? Have I forgotten the joy of life? Have I forgotten the activities that make me smile? When was the last time I skipped or sung my way throughout Walmart? If others were viewing my life on the big screen would they be wondering when I was going to figure it out, when would I re-evaluate my situation for the real wealth of life, and chose to live in the moment, to love my wife and cherish time with my children? Oh dear, oh d-d-dear, dear!! (Caught ya smiling again, didn’t I?)
The source of JOY is God. It’s a Spirit Fruit (Galatians 5:22) that is granted to those who give all Glory and Honor to God. It is impossible to miss out on joy if your focus is on God, first and foremost, and then on loving others in the same manner which God loves you. IMPOSSIBLE!! Author Bob Goff offers the bucket challenge in his book Everybody Always. Carry around a bucket, one that is noticeable, slightly awkward, and as life happens ask God to fill it with whichever Fruit is required in that moment. For Bob, his bucket is patience. For me, please God fill my bucket with peace and generosity. For Christopher Robin, definitely JOY! What do you need in your bucket that will bring you back into a love relationship with God and others? Bob Goff makes this statement, “People will figure out what we really believe by seeing what we actually do.” Read that again, please.
Think about that. The statements of who you are, are created by what you do. You can’t say you’re a fireman but go to work as an accountant. What you do says you’re an accountant. You can’t say you’re a follower of Christ, called to love God and Others, but live life ……… you get the idea. What does your “actually do” say about who you “really are?” Now that’s a Winnie the Pooh kind of question. Read it again. That’s where the buckets come in. Bob Goff’s question is this, “How is my life working for the people around me?” Ask God to fill your bucket with the Holy Spirit, that covers all the Fruit. Lord, empty me of me, and fill me with you! I am a bucket for the Lord, a person to be used for His purpose, LOVE.
Let’s get back to Christopher Robin. He needs a bucket, in the form of Winnie the Pooh. Christopher is lugging around a bucket of sorts, a briefcase full of very important things. It was full of papers, documents and potential solutions to complicated situations in life. Pooh wanted to know why Christopher’s wife and daughter weren’t in his briefcase of very important things. Oh dear, oh d-d-dear, dear!! And with that realization, Pooh brings back the JOY of life for Christopher. Reminds him that living is to be a celebration of life, a time to rejoice and be glad in it!
Psalm 118 is a celebration of Thanks to God! I challenge you to read Psalm 118 every morning, study the words. Ask God to help you believe the text, to open your heart to an attitude of thanks and praise. Then, look throughout the day for opportunities to praise, worship and honor God. Do random acts of love to the people in your life, make your life work for them! Make your actually do and your really are line up with your life in Christ. When you encounter a difficult time, situation or person, ask God to empty you of you, and fill your bucket with LOVE, for everybody,
As Pooh and Christopher look over a valley in the Hundred Acre Wood, Pooh asks, “Christopher Robin, what day is it?” Christopher replies, “It’s TODAY.” Then Pooh, “OH…. MY FAVORITE DAY!” Then, in the renewed spirit of Psalm 118:24, Christopher replies, “Mine too, Pooh….. Mine, too.”
May the God of Love fill your bucket with Grace, Peace and Joy, TODAY!