Okay, son, I just couldn’t do it.
My lanky teenager came downstairs, and I said, “Look how much I’ve written of my blog post for tomorrow.” I had been successful in typing only the first letter of the title.
He said, “This is how it’s done.” Then he turned my lap top and typed in this blog title: Hello, my name is Christy Fitzwater. I’m here to change the world.
This was followed by what he called “yell writing”, which apparently looks like this:
NO MORE OF THIS NONSENSE IN TODAY’S SOCIETY
He said he was gonna be mad if my blog post showed up without his title on it. Put it on the mother-failed-me list, kid. And just so you know, blog hacking teenage boys get their face as the cover shot for my blog post. Ha! (But seriously, he’s a good lookin’ guy, eh?)
Funny thing –I was just about to title this post “How to Be Happy”, and maybe that boy’s words mean the same thing. Waking up to change the world and being happy go together.
Jesus said to his disciples, “ You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14 NASB)
I think he meant today.
You all know I’m in the middle of this grieving process (I hope I don’t wear you out!), but something wonderful happens to me when I walk into school every day. Like today I asked one of my guys how his weekend was. He said, “Really bad.” He looked so sad. I gave him candy, and he said it made everything better.
And somehow caring about his sadness added meaning to my day.
I made my students popcorn, because we were studying theater words. Popcorn and theater go together, yes? And the sound of popcorn popping, the smell of butter, the salty kernels –it seemed there was a bit of light in that for all us, a mix of my kindness and their pleasure. We laughed a lot today.
I shared with my students a truth from the Bible (in Spanish, of course). They listened, which is noteworthy, and I pray truth will sink deep into their lives.
You know what the truth was? 1 Corinthians 12:7. “Now to each one the manifestion of the Spirit is given, for the common good.”
There it is –God wants to show the world who he is through us.
And that common good? That’s for the people who see God’s light in us, but the good is for us, too. There’s a common happiness that results when God reveals himself through us to someone else.
Life is hard for you, just like it is for me, and I know you want happiness in the middle of it.
Try changing the world.