Spring must certainly be on its way because I saw my first robin the other day. I’ve always associated the coming of Spring with the appearance of the first robin. It seems to me that hearing their song sings of Springtime and is the harbinger of nicer weather.
I was thinking about the coming of Spring when an old song came to mind. I am sure that most of you know it — it goes something like this: “When the red, red robin comes bob, bob bobbin’ along/When the red, red robin comes bob, bob bobbin’ along, along/There’ll be no more sobbin’ when starts throbbin’ his old sweet song/Wake up, wake up you sleepy head/Get up get out of your bed/Cheer up, cheer up the sun is red/Live love, laugh and be happy…”
The song goes on to describe how much better life is when one is happy and optimistic. It certainly is a cheery, cheering and cheerful song isn’t it? How can you help but feel happy after hearing this song? It certainly does have a contagious feel to it doesn’t it?
The unfortunate thing is we won’t always feel happy no matter how many cheerful songs we may hear. It is at times like this that it is important to remember that there is a difference between being happy and having joy in your life.
Being happy is an emotion, that can come and go. You won’t always be happy, but you can always have joy in your life. There is a difference. Being happy depends on outside circumstances and how they affect your emotional state of mind. But joy, true joy is a gift from God. It comes from having Jesus in your life and knowing that no matter where you are or what circumstances you may find yourself in, He is always with you. The U.S. Marines motto is “Semper Fidelis”, “always faithful”. But the Marines are a human organisation prone to mistakes and failure. Jesus however can be nothing but faithful because of who He is, the Son of God.
The gift that He gives to us is eternal life, and all we need to do to receive this gift is give ourselves to Him in faith and obedience. When we do this, true joy will be ours, both now and forever. Why? Because Jesus is Semper Fi!