This past weekend we attended an Easter picnic with the employees of Purnaa. Picnics in Nepal are fairly similar to picnics in the States. There’s a lot of people, food and games. But there is one thing that is different. In Nepal, people like to get dressed up for picnics! It’s so fun to see everyone get dressed up, but still running around playing games.
The thing that really stood out to me at the picnic was the amount of joy from everyone there. You could just tell that they were having a good time and just happy about life. There was so much laughter and smiles going around, it was almost impossible not to laugh and smile right along with them. And that’s the thing about joy. It’s contagious. When you are with some one who is just happy about life and filled to the brim with joy, it’s hard not to catch some of that joy yourself.
It makes me think of a verse in the Bible. Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” If we give our lives to God, He will fill us with joy, hope and peace, to the point that we are overflowing and need to share it with others! The Nepalis’ joy at the picnic was a perfect picture of this for me.
And I think that we were able to add a little joy to their day as well. Some of them had found out that I used to be on the college dance team and so they had been requesting that I teach them a dance. The ladies in the HR department thought that the picnic would be a good time to do that. So I taught these 3 ladies the dance and our plan was to perform it at the picnic and then teach it to everyone there. But we wanted the men to know that it was a dance that they could do as well. So we had Mitch join our “dance team” and perform the dance with us! This definitely brought a lot of laughter and smiles. I always enjoy seeing my husband dance, but it was great to see him put himself out there to bring some joy to other people. Although, I think the 5 year old who came out to join us stole the show! To watch some of the dance, click here.
My encouragement to all of you is to spread some joy to the people around you! And it doesn’t have to be by dancing. It can be as simple as smiling and asking someone how they are doing, and really listening to their answer. Where ever you live, what ever you do for work, you come into contact with people. Be so overflowing with joy that it spreads to those around you. And if you don’t feel very joyful, ask the Lord to give you the unexplainable joy that comes from Him. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened,” the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:7-8.