Some are simple; some a bit complex. Some come with associations; others are personal with inner thoughts not expressed openly. A child’s smile is one. I can see them at church, at a store, or at home. At church, it’s Mia as she blows me a kiss with her hand to her lips. In a store a young boy catches my eye and as I acknowledge him, he smiles big. At home, the smiles were worn by our own children, and now it’s great-grandkids who come to visit.
Second (and these are in no particular order, only as I think of them), I get excited when I receive “likes” or comments on Facebook posts, and related to that now is when I see the number of downloads for Bill’s podcast. Today it’s up to 311 in three weeks. These responses connect me with family and friends over the miles that separate us geographically but not relationally. Getting Bill’s messages out is on one end, but getting reactions shows people are reading and listening. It’s greatly satisfying, a reward more valued than the sales recorded on a spreadsheet.
Does that “second” count for more that one? Next I get excited when Bill responds properly to something I say, showing he’s not confused. But often my excitement can be a negative response when Bill does something out of the ordinary, like wearing my red rain jacket (as he did yesterday). Or my negative excitement may be inward, not verbal. It’s when I see again and again that Bill has misplaced towels or his hearing aids. But I also smile when I notice Bill has straightened objects around the house. I place them at an angle and wait to see when he moves them straight, like framed photos on his desk or the wooden cross on our coffee table. Am I playing games with him, or only awaiting his and my reactions?
I think I’m up to four. When I receive positive feedback about something I’ve written, I get excited. It’s acceptable, a pleasant feeling. Even a reject letter often has encouraging words. Nice. Also I like a completed assignment (a devotion or chapter), or even finishing a picture in a coloring book. I hold it up to admire and ask Bill or Becky to look at it. The colors in some are imaginary, not true to the object (such as a sea or land creature).
Fifth but not least is when we’re in church and singing worship songs. The words often remind me of experiences when God answered some prayer or performed a wonder, a personal connection with His goodness. During worship – at church or during quiet time at home – my excitement is directed to the Lord and His character revealed to His people.
Get all excited! “It is good to give thanks to the Lord…to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night” (Psalm 92:1-2, NASB).