What Makes You Jump for Joy?

By Saundria Keck

A new house? A new car? A raise?

Usually it requires something big for us to truly jump for joy. But not Calvin!

So who is Calvin? He is my nine-year-old grandson, adopted at age 4 from China. Calvin has cerebral palsy which has affected his legs and his eyes. He can walk, though awkwardly. He can see, but not well. However he is sweet and loving, and somewhat of a schmoozer. His teachers love him.

Now that you have some idea who Calvin is, let’s continue with the story. Our family tries to gather at least once a year for some extended time together. Recently we gathered in the Smoky Mountains. When we gather, we do many things, but some things we do because as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” would say: “Tradition. Tradition.” One is playing BINGO. During the year I collect odds and ends as prizes, nothing expensive, just stuff to make the game fun.

Picture this, all the BINGO prizes are laid out on a large table, but one is wrapped to hide its content (thanks to Uncle Russ). So Calvin “bingos” first. Guess which prize he chose? You are right, the one that was wrapped. He could hardly wait to open it because he was so excited. Yanking off the paper revealed about a third roll of toilet tissue. He could not contain his excitement. He started jumping like a Mexican jumping bean and laughing hysterically. He could not have been happier as he kept repeating: “It’s toilet paper, it’s toilet paper!”

Perhaps we could learn a lesson from Calvin. Instead of looking for big things, let’s find joy in the little things. For if we do, there will be so much more to be joyful about!

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17 (ESV)

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