Joy! Joy! Joy!
Here's the book about JOY that I've been enJOYing.
The thinkers discuss three different types of people: protectors, predators, possums. Protectors live in relationship and welcome weakness. They share their own weakness. They follow Jesus in that they love others as themselves. Predators may be nice enough people but they are out for #1 and use people to get to that end. Possums just play dead and tolerate predators that way.
Joy comes from relationships. It makes sense. When I am preparing to meet with a friend, I pray that God will wash over our time together. Sometimes I forget. Being completely present with others, casting our image-management aside, lends itself to joyful encounters. The writers also shed light on how important it is to have intergenerational community.
Who are your people? Who do you protect?
Thank you so much for popping by to check on me. I'm pretty sure you are a protector.
(Please pop over to Heather's and see how Mr. Badger is being included in a lot of holiday hygge!)