Thursday, January 10, 2013

Make Someone Happy

As I placed Evan in my mother's arms for one of the last times, he smiled at her and she sang, "Make Someone Happy" to him as she held his hands and bounced them to her tune. It was an unforgettable moment.


My mom was a person who liked to make someone happy. I wouldn't characterize her as soft spoken or necessarily sweet ;-), but she loved to do things which made others happy. Now three and half weeks since she passed, I am beginning to see how everyone was her project! She would see a friend in a crisis of fashion and help them buy a new wardrobe. Her ear was always listening and she was always offering the best godly advice. If I even mentioned needing...say, diapers...she would drop them off on her many errands!

Now as I grow and see my children grow in the gifts God has given to them, I see the opportunities all around. My daughter, who is always social and ready to make friends, has begun playing with a neighborhood boy in the area. At first, I was a bit hesitant to let her play with him, because, let's face it, there are psycho people out there! I see the opportunity to share the love of Jesus and make this neighborhood boy happy. We gave him candy canes and he helped make cookies, then he brought over some baked goods the next day.

It was my mom who always welcomed our neighbors and friends as an opportunity to love. I remember countless conversations she spent driving my friends home in her big toyota sequoia, giving them advice on their love life or high school admissions, etc.

"And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:32

Me and Emma (2009)
Today, I will look for opportunities to love. My Evan's smiles always make someone happy. Instead of looking for ways that I can be happy, I choose to love and maybe in making someone happy, I might even be the happy one!

Make Someone Happy by Jimmy Durante