Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Psalm 97:11
I love going outside to lock up the chickens here at the Hornback Homestead in the coolness of the evening, especially when there isn’t a cloud in the sky. The thousands of stars light up the night sky and I am overwhelmed by the beauty of this awe inspiring sight. As I take in the night sky, joy floods my soul as I graciously thank the God of Creation who miraculously created this spectacular sight.
In spite of living with Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, my heart is filled with the joy of God’s grace in my life. Because of His grace and goodness, the simple things always bring me the greatest joy. Reading the Psalms, studying the Scriptures, walking outdoors, working in the gardens, playing with my dogs, sipping a hot cup of coffee on a cool morning, snuggling on the couch with my wife, serving the Lord in some capacity, and praising God for all He has done in my life are just a few things that warm my heart and bring me joy. I don’t need to travel to far off exotic places, own fancy sports cars, dress in fine tailored clothing, live in a mansion, dine in the finest restaurants, or belong to the best country clubs. No, it’s the simple things of life that bring the joy God intended.
And when joy fills my heart, thankfulness naturally follows forth from it. Thankfulness for a God who directs my life in a manner that brings contentment and comfort. Besides, wasn’t it the Apostle Paul that reminded us, “Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Therefore, as we remain rooted in our Lord, not focusing on our disease, then we should naturally be gushing over with thankfulness because of His great goodness!
As you go about your day today, thank God for the good and simple things in life that bring you great joy. If you journal, write about it so you can refer to it later in life. If not, make a list and refer to it as often as you can. Even with dementia, there are many things to be enjoyed, especially your relationship with Christ. Read His Word, treasure His Scriptures, and spend time talking with Him each day so you might stay rooted in Him. If you can do this, joy will continue to fill your heart.
Like today’s passage says, God sheds light and joy on the righteous. Therefore, let us shed thankfulness upon Him!