When we cross paths, he seems to do a happy little jig. Mr. Delightful (not his real name) is like that so upbeat and full of life, he radiates joy nonstop, and his exuberance is magnetic. I’ve been blessed to cross paths with Mr. Delightful at various times. Each time he impacts my spirit.
Mr. Delightful has a distinct aura that attracts people. Often I’ve heard customers at his workplace say, “I come into this store merely to hear Mr. Delightful. He’s so cheery, after being around him it’s impossible to be unhappy.”
During our recent encounter, Mr. Delightful asked me, “What’s new in your life?”
“I took on a second job as part-time seasonal help cashiering in an arts and craft store. We now have similar work. I hope I impact others the way you do.”
We continued to talk about other life commonalities. Because he expressed an interest in creative arts and the desire to learn more or network with others, I invited him to the writer’s group I belong to. While telling him the group’s schedule, I remembered his workplace is open for business on Saturdays, the day the group meets. I asked, “Do you have to work Saturdays?”
“I don’t have to work any day; I get to serve!”
The statement’s truth cut my spirit like a sword. A few days prior, I had accepted my new position knowing I’d have to work on Saturdays. Mr. Delightful’s answer revealed an element of his optimistic and jovial spirit—framing. A simple shift in the way he looks at or interprets a given situation results in a 180-degree turnaround.
We both recognized we share a foundational commonality in our faith in Christ Jesus. We wrapped up our friendly chat and went our separate ways.
“I don’t have to work; I get to serve” reverberated in my soul. I thanked the Lord for this encounter, Mr. Delightful’s framing helped erect another spiritual mile-marker.
One can often see turnarounds when reading Psalms—a shift in framing. Let’s look at an example by King David.
“How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long will I store up anxious concerns within me,
agony in my mind every day?
How long will my enemy dominate me?
Consider me and answer, LORD my God.
Restore brightness to my eyes;
otherwise, I will sleep in death.
My enemy will say, ‘I have triumphed over him,’
and my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.
But I have trusted in your faithful love;
my heart will rejoice in your deliverance.
I will sing to the LORD
because he has treated me generously.”
(Psalm 13, CSB)
Dear Reader, do you see the turnaround? David begins by questioning God, he transitions to rationalizing, then concludes with new framing by acknowledging, trusting, and praising God. Is there anything in your life you need to re-frame to align with God? If so, don’t delay calling out to God today.
Gracious God our Father, thank You for directing my days. You are faithful and good to me. Your mercy is great and You are worthy of unending adoration and praise. Thank You for shifting my perspective to rightly see through a Christ-like attitude. Holy Spirit, help me to reveal the fullness of Life on the countenance of my face, the kindness of my words, and the posture of my body. May the name of the LORD be exalted because You are generous. Amen.
My first contact with Mr. Delightful can be read in “Caution Infectious”.
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