My wife and I spent a few days out of town recently and traveled back on a Saturday. Even though we were a few hundred miles from home, we did what we often do on weekends when time allows, we stopped at a Yard Sale.
It was just past noon. The south Alabama sun was beating down and the humidity was high which made it pretty uncomfortable for being outside. The adult hosts of the sale were sitting in the shade of their garage, fanning themselves with magazines and bemoaning the sultry ninety degree temperature.
However, there was a little girl, I would guess to be about 6-years-old, sitting out on the driveway in full-sun operating a lemonade stand. Her face was blushed from the heat and it was obvious that she was “melting,” but she maintained a sweet disposition. We had just finished lunch, but my wife said, “I know we just ate, but I can’t pass by and not buy some lemonade from her. She reminds of our grandkids!”
The sale thrilled the young entrepreneur and also emptied her pitcher. Afterward she got up and wagged the empty container into the house. As she passed by her mother I heard the youngster excitedly remark, “This is the best day ever!
Hearing her words and the excitement in her voice made me smile. No wonder Jesus referred to children as the “greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:1f). And due to the negative attitudes adults often display, it is no wonder in that same conversation He also taught: “Unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (v. 3).
So what can we older folks learn from her attitude? Several things, but the one I will mention here is, her “happiness thermostat” was controlled from the inside. Too many of us think that in order to be happy everything around us must be perfect. But note these words of Jesus: “These things have I spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Did you catch it? In the world (on the outside) we will have tribulation, but within we can still have peace (and joy) regardless! But also, do not miss the main ingredient in this verse, “In Me.” There is no lasting joy and peace without Jesus.
As Christians will all agree, the day you make Jesus the Lord of your life is truly- - The Best Day Ever! (cf. Acts 8:39).