Monday, March 23, 2009


I've told you before that I enjoy the show, Clean House. You've gotta love any show which helps people go from clutter and depression to organization and light.

But what do I love most? I love the episodes where the design team (Mark, Trish and Matt) discovers that way more money for the re-do was made at the yard sale than they needed. Why? Because after the homeowners leave for the motel, the design team dances around with joy and hugs one another with glee. More money with which to decorate! More potential for surprises for the homeowners! Perhaps a flat screen tv? Or maybe an extra desk or comfy chair? Oh, the possibilities.

So why do I love that? Because the design team is thrilled for other people. They, themselves, will keep no extra prizes. Not one cent of the additional design money is theirs to keep. No, they are just thrilled to pieces that the family they're helping will reap some extra gifts.

And that is what I call pure happiness. A light-hearted, dancing sort of joy because other human beings will receive delight. An unselfish giddiness for other folks.

Kind of like when I watch The Price Is Right and skyrocket--whoosh!-- off the couch and clap my hands when someone wins a car. :)

(Oh, I do hope no one reading this will go all "holy" on me and start preaching about things and stuff not being fulfilling. Please don't be a humbug like that, ok?)

What I'm getting at here is that this kind of happiness for others is much like what 1 Corinthians 13 was getting at when it said love does not envy and is not self-seeking. And how wonderful if each of us lived our days like that... always thrilled for our friends and relatives when they receive something we craved for so long ... or when they get to travel where it's always been our heart's desire to go... or when they get the promotion we prayed for.

You know... like that. I'm thinking that must please God and make Him smile.

And that's all I'm saying.

4 comments:

Tracy said...

I watch Clean House sometimes. And I was just reading 1 Cor. 13 last night! :)

Elizabeth said...

Yes, I am sure it does make God smile when we are unselfish and happy for others.
Elizabeth

emma said...

i've just started my Spring Cleaning. Threw out a bunch of stuff and also took a huge bag of goodies to Good Will.

i can't wait to get rid of stuff this Spring - i'm going to be ruthless and stuff i don't want or need, while cherishing the handmedowns and heirlooms and enjoying the stuff i enjoy.

i am so.very.glad.Spring is here.

Patty H. said...

We recently switched "satelites" so I get to wathc this now!! I know what you mean.
You know it also shows the possibilities of what a person could have if they let go of the 'stuff' in their lives that is taking up all that space. Just think what God could do with our 'decor' if we let go of some things. and yes, it does cost us sometime to let things go. But the rewards are well worth it.