The joy maker

You can do one thing for one person and change their day



Have you ever been encouraged and uplifted by a random act of kindness? Out of the blue, a friend – or perhaps a stranger – blesses you and that “one thing” brings you unspeakable joy.

The “feeling” that comes over you at that moment is truly a gift from God through one of His earthly servants. You smile because you know the gift came at just the right moment. Perhaps you were silently facing troubles unknown to others around you, but God knew.

When those times of trouble come near, He is closer than you may realize. He allows joy makers to give us a glimpse of His kindness. Revealing Himself in such subtle ways, such gifts may seem simple and make sense only to the one receiving it, but that is how God works.

It is not the only way He works, though. Sometimes you must look briefly away from your storms in life and notice the moments. Seek Him.

Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God…” When we seek God, He reveals Himself to us. Webster’s defines the word seek as: to discover, to go to, to make an attempt, to gain. 1 Timothy 6:18 is a beautiful reminder. “They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.”

When we bless others, we have no idea the difference we just made in that one act of kindness. When we seek God through His Word, praying and listening to Him, He lights a fire in us to be a light in the darkness, to inspire a generation, to lead others to Him by being His hands and feet in this world.

We have a desire to be obedient and search and listen for ways to be joy makers in the lives of those around us. We get to be reminders that God cares. He is the ultimate joy maker in any storm.

Just one small act of kindness can change someone’s day and even bring them peace. Every person has the ability to become a joy maker in someone’s life.

1 Corinthians 3:9 says, “For we are God’s coworkers.

You are God’s field.” Joy makers come in many forms: a shoulder to cry on, a letter in the mail, or anything that God lays on your heart to share with another. Doing something within your means, even when you are having a bad day yourself, will brighten your day as well.

Whether you believe in God or not, that is how God can reach two people at the same time. It is indwelling awareness that you cannot ignore (Job 11:7). Your own body responds… your heart feels an overwhelming joy as it gives joy… your face even begins to turn its lips up toward its ears and a smile forms as you catch a glimpse of the receiver’s face.

You may notice your eyes gazing at the sky above realizing there is Someone much bigger than you are out there. The presence of God’s love fills the void in your heart. You may not believe you can do much, but think about the boy in the Bible (John 6:9) who had a few fish and a few loaves of bread. Jesus blessed that small gift and multiplied it. Many received a gift of food that day.

God can use your gifts and make them priceless. How valuable is such an unselfish gift to others? You may never know the answer here on earth. Listen for those prompts from God, respond, and spread some cheer to someone who needs it very much. Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him…”

It is up to you how you respond to God. (Read Romans 10:9-10)