I’m involved with a youth Accordion Ensemble, and we had a performance last Saturday afternoon at a retirement community. It was not perfect, but it was fun.
One of the elderly ladies grabbed my attention from the moment she hobbled into the room. I wouldn’t call her beautiful, but I couldn’t stop watching her through the whole concert.
She exuded . . . JOY! I found that quality irresistible about her and found myself telling her after the concert that she had a lovely smile. Now, you have to understand, she was missing several teeth and those she had left were yellowed with age — but her smile was truly lovely. In fact, she was lovely because of the joy that so filled her.
I have thought much about that lovely elderly lady since the concert, and I have decided that I want to be like her when I grow old. Because, as much as I hate to think of it, I will be old someday (If I don’t die young) . . . it’s inevitable. But I want to be a joy filled old lady.
This world tells us young women so many things — so many different messages about beauty are flaunted before us every day. But let me tell you something, those messages are wrong. Because true beauty originates from the heart, and a joyful heart brings beauty to the face and makes a smile truly stunning.
That joyful heart is what I want, and that joyful heart is found through time spent with my Lord and Savior.
Wishing you all a JOY filled day, and a JOY filled life,