If you’ve tracked with me for a while with this blog you know that I have a list of reflection questions that I review regularly in order to keep myself on track.
One I was prompted to add a few years ago was: “What has delighted me lately?”
Maybe you’re like me, I have no trouble thinking in terms of “I like this or dislike this” or “this is fun or not fun”, or “this makes me happy or sad”, but delight is such a strong word—a word pregnant with cup-running-over emotions.
For example, when this question came up today my answer was immediate. This past Sunday afternoon Sonja took the entire Kemp tribe to see a production of the Nutcracker—everyone, that is, but Annie and me.
After consultations with Annie’s parents it was agreed that she was probably too young to attend an event like that. So I was asked if I’d be willing to stay with Annie while everyone else attended the production; I gladly accepted (talk about a win/win!).
Those few hours together were pure delight.
But here’s the catch…and this is why it is important to include reflection time in your day…
…while Annie and I were together, I didn’t recognize it as a moment of delight. I enjoyed myself and I was happy but if I had thought of it as a rare—only a few times in my life moment of delight, I would have gotten even more out of it and would have treasured those precious moments even more.
Here’s the ONE THING for today: Discipline yourself to consciously recognize those special moments of delight and truly, truly savor them and bookmark them in your memory.
It’s a sad thing to look back over your life and recognize past potential moments of delight and know that you settled with just being happy.
I mention this today for it is my prayer during these next few Christmas season hours that you will not miss the moments of delight.
Psalm 37:4 (NKJV)
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.