Some Days We Are Like Tigger
Some days it is easy to get up, feeling like Winnie-the-Pooh’s good friend, Tigger. Bounding, bouncing, full of energy. You have a project that you are itching to get to so you set your alarm, get up right away, get all your morning chores done (if you have that much self-control, lol!), and then begin on your project.
Maybe that project is your New Year’s resolution to get organized so you tackle that off-limits spot in your house or garage. Out in the desert, planting season is only 3 months away, so perhaps you are going to start gathering your seeds and making your garden plans, figuring which seeds you’ll start indoors in the next few weeks. Maybe it is a drive to some adventure you’ve been looking forward to.
On these days, it feels like you have all your youthful vigor — or at least a lot of it. You just can’t wait to start. We all have those days to some degree or another. Maybe you’re in college and that “youthful vigor” is with the unending energy of a 5-year-old again. Maybe you’re 90 and that “youthful vigor” is like when you were 60 — and for an hour or two, you feel young again.
It’s a great feeling, isn’t it? Youthfulness. Energy. Longevity.
This is what we were created for. We are made in the image of the eternal God. We are made to live.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”
On these Tigger-like days, are you thankful? The writer of Ecclesiastes tells us that, we eternal beings, are given a gift: to enjoy the food and drink that we have worked so hard for.
10 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
Ecclesiastes says “there is nothing better…than to be joyful and do good as long as” we live.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Do you take joy in those Tigger-like days? Do you rejoice? This energy is a blessing from the Lord! We need to remember all the good things the Lord has blessed us with. This energy is one of the Father’s good gifts to us. It is something we can use to bless others with, too.
Even if it means dancing at a wedding like the picture above. Something like that might seem selfish, “I just like to dance.” But even in that moment, we can rejoice that we are bringing joy to our dance partner and to the bride and groom whom we celebrate. Doesn’t the picture just bring a smile to your face when you see this grandmother’s cheerful face? Now, imagine if she was a guest at your own wedding….Years later, when you flip through your pictures, you can tell your kids, “that was so-in-so and she loved Jesus so much!”
Do you see how even in the mundane, or seemingly selfish actions like dancing, we can still radiate the love of Jesus and be a blessing to others? That’s what “Bouquet of Blessings” is about — blessing others with the gifts that God has blessed us with. In this case, energy.
We aren’t ready to say goodbye to our friends at Pooh Corner yet. I realize that not all days are Tigger-like. Next we will look at another character from Winnie-the-Pooh, and see how he might be another reminder for us as we seek to live like Jesus. (Hint: it is NOT Eeyore!)