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January

Does This Spark Joy In You?

I haven’t read her international best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and I have yet to watch her new, widely popular documentary series, Tidying Up…but she’s all over my news feed and social media, and the topic of many conversations around me.  I’ve been turned away at both a thrift store and a consignment store with my bag of donations, as they “are overstocked because everyone is watching that Japanese lady!”  J

If you have not heard of her, Marie Kondo is a celebrity of organizing. She has written four books on organizing, which have collectively sold millions of copies and have been translated from Japanese into languages including Korean, Chinese, Spanish, Indonesian, French, German, Swedish, Portuguese, and English.  Her method, however, is not merely about finding new tricks for storage, or encouragement towards a yearly Goodwill donation. Instead, her call is for people to move through their possessions item by item, asking a simple question: Does this spark joy in you? If yes, it stays. If no, it leaves

She intrigues me.  This craze intrigues me.  This method intrigues me.  And for goodness sake, she’s Japanese!!!!!  I feel like I need to honor my son’s roots and heritage by “KonMarie-ing my home!!!!  I personally love a clean, tidy, uncluttered house, and I love systems and organization. But, truth be told, I have a really hard time with getting rid of stuff.  So, I can let you know how it goes, whenever I get around to trying it!

But apart from being inspired to organize my home, I’ve been drawn to this “sparking joy” concept, except with a little twist.  The question I’ve been asking myself, and want to challenge you with today is “How can I spark joy in others?”  It’s an awesome thing to be able to experience joy in your own life from the people and things around you, but how amazing to be able to bring that joy to another person?

How can YOU spark joy today, this week, this month….for your neighbor?  Your spouse?  Your siblings?  Your children?  Your co-worker? Your friend?

A little note in your child’s lunch box; some freshly baked cookies for your neighbor; a random act of kindness for your friend; an affirming encouragement for your spouse…..

It can look many different ways, but let’s be people that intentionally look for opportunities to bring joy to those around us.  Let’s be people who are constantly looking outside of ourselves.  There is a deeper joy that we possess that goes far beyond the emotion or love for an item, it is a joy that is wrapped up in the person of Christ.

This week….HOW CAN YOU SPARK JOY IN OTHERS???

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Tamara Hull

-Abba Ministry