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“And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of suffering you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers…”

1 Thessalonians 1:6-7

One day this past week, I was in my home office working on my sermon. The windows in that room look out toward the street and sidewalk at the front of my house. It was around noon and I noticed a young girl, maybe 10 or 11 years old, walking her black lab dog on a leash down the sidewalk. When they got in front of my house, the dog needed to stop and ‘do his business.’

The girl stopped to wait for her dog and soon broke into a joyful dance! I noticed she was wearing earbuds, so I figured she was listening to some of her favorite music. Whatever she was listening to, it caused her to twirl and dance and she had some good moves! I also noticed that while she danced, her dog sat on the grass and patiently waited for her to finish and then they started walking again.

As they walked away, I smiled and thought we all need to find moments of joy that cause us to break into dance. And really that is part of what being imitators of Christ is…being able to be joyful and share moments of joy despite our circumstances. I wondered how the young girl was doing with her virtual school work and if she was walking her dog on her lunch break or ‘recess’ time. I was also thankful that she had a dog who was willing to patiently wait for her to express her joy.

We all need moments of joy in our day; just simply short moments when we can take pleasure from the good and simple things in our lives. And sometimes those good and simple things cause us to break into dance. What are the small momentary things that bring you joy?

There is a poem in which some of the lines say, “Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching, and live like it’s heaven on earth.”

In the midst of all that is going on in our own lives and in life around us, may we find moments of joy in our week, and if you feel like dancing…be free!