Here’s the simple secret of how to have joy in the morning. First, you get out of bed on the right side. Then, you go right to the kitchen, grab a blue bowl (not red, yellow, white, or green), fill it with sugary cereal and milk, and eat it as fast as you can. Does that sound like a great way to start the day with joy? I hope not, because that doesn’t really work. I was just kidding. The real secret…which isn’t a secret at all…to starting your day filled with joy is knowing where to look. Do you know where to look? I’ll tell you…
…look inside your heart. If your heart has the Holy Spirit in it, you have a good chance of starting your day…every day…with joy. If your heart doesn’t have God’s Spirit in it, you may have a lot of hurting and pain ahead…with no good way to get better.
Do you know how to look inside your heart? Do you think you need an X-ray machine? Or special goggles? Or help from Superman? Naaa…you don’t need any of those things. To look inside your heart, you don’t need to use your eyes. You use your mind. Think thoughts. You know how to do that, don’t you? Go ahead…think a thought right now. See, I told you. I knew you could do it. Now, pay attention to your thoughts. Are your thoughts about how much you love your mom or dad or your friends? Are any of your thoughts about God?
If you think thoughts about how much God loves you, that’s a good sign His Spirit lives in your heart. And it’s also a good sign that you can get up each day and know you’re gonna have joy in the morning. So, practice thinking thoughts about where you came from and who made you. Then, don’t forget to thank God for giving you His Spirit. Since He did, you’re gonna be able to see beautiful, joy-filled mornings forever. Here’s a rhyme to help you remember…
Wake up with joy in the morning
And a wink and a smile.
Then show your love to your neighbor
As you walk every mile.
And show the light of the Spirit
Wherever you may go.
And when you wake in the morning,
Your joy will start to flow.