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A Little Joke a Lot of Joy

Tuesday - April 28th

Today's Scripture to Read: John 15:9-11

When the spring warmth arrived in his town of Saanich, British Colombia, 6-year-old Callaghan McLaughlin planned to open a Lemonade Stand. With the nation of Canada in lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Callaghan decided to set up something other than a lemonade stand. Instead of selling lemonade to make a few dollars, he decided to give away jokes to lift a few spirits.

He set up the stand at the end of his driveway and to respect social distancing guidelines, his "customers" pull up and roll down the car window or walk up and stand back 6 feet to hear a joke. Callaghan's mother gave him a joke book about six months ago. The jokes he shares from it involve simple first-grade-level humor (click here to hear him share a few). But, his neighbors love it. They say the young boy accomplishes what he hopes to accomplish. They find his little jokes do lift their spirits—several neighbors drive-by or walk-up more than once a day. 

Callaghan even established a daily schedule. His mother says he shares jokes for about an hour before his lunch break and a few more hours in the afternoon. If for any reason, his drive-by, walk-up joke stand fails to operate when folks in the community expect, a little line of cars form. Callaghan meets them with a big smile and a little joke to lift their spirits.


A smile during the heaviness of a global pandemic can lift people for a season, but Jesus promises His followers a joy that will last forever. As He shared final words with His disciples in what students of the Bible refer to as the Upper Room Discourse, Jesus told them of this eternal joy. In John 15:9-11, He said that as they love Him, they will obey His commands. As they walk in obedience, Jesus promised they would have a satisfying joy. That satisfying joy would be a full, complete joy. It would not be fleeting happiness. It would not be temporary, but would be eternal.

The same promise extends to us today. As we love Jesus and obey Him, He fills us with a joy that will fall short of nothing. Many of us say we love Jesus, but we fail to walk in obedience to His Word. Why should we be surprised that we lack joy as we disobey Him? Jesus said it plainly and clearly. Love me. Obey me. Then, you will experience my full joy!

Walking in a loving, obedient relationship with Christ gives more than a simple smile; it brings complete joy! 

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