Learning to Be a Cheerful Live(r) [From a 17-Year-Old]

There are some that go through life seeing their cup as half-empty. Zachary began life believing his half full. At least that’s what it seemed.

As soon as the little guy was wrapped in a warm blanket and fed he was as content as a fox in a chicken coop. And he hasn’t wavered far from that over the years.Zachary

My newly minted 17 year old brings light into any room he enters. His smile is radiant (if not somewhat mischievous), and his eyes sparkle.

Zachary loves life. He embraces it. He enjoys such a variety of things I found it difficult to discipline during his younger years. Taking away a favorite toy meant there were countless others awaiting him. Time out simply meant time to let his imagination carry him to another adventure.

Oh, to have a fraction of the joy he has!

For the most part, he doesn’t let little things bother him. He doesn’t spend hours worrying about what others think about him. He isn’t devastated when someone doesn’t want to be friends or worry when they do.

There is much to be learned from each of our children. And I watch Zach with awe as he lets setbacks roll off his back. As he takes chances and steps out in unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory with confidence. As he battles through difficulties and exercises his strengths.

And I’m impressed by his contentment and wittiness—his caring attitude and fun-loving nature.

Where did mine fly off to?

How often do I scowl when I should be laughing?

Why do I let circumstances rob me of joy?

Watching him go after each day with zest (once he wakes up that is) reminds me to do the same. His silly faces in the mirror, his light-hearted retorts–they make a hard day easier.

God not only loves a cheerful giver, He also loves a cheerful live(r).  (←Tweet this!)

“A joyful heart is good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22).

But lest you think Zachary’s perfect, his laid-back attitude results in little getting accomplished around home, except me pulling my hair out that is (he will likely never get ulcers though).

He’s 17 today, a blessing in our lives, and an inspiration to me.

Happy Birthday, Zachary! You are much loved.

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him” (Psalm 127:3).

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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

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