Authentic JOY From the Drive-Thru!


beginning of fairies

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”   

J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Can you even imagine the smile on the face of God the moment you first giggled? Can you fathom the reach and strength of the joy you bring into this world with just the simplest of smiles?

As you may know, I have a mighty big obsession with my morning Diet Coke from McDonald’s.  It has the EXACT amount of perfect ice (clear, semi-cubed with a touch of shaved-ness), carbonation that almost burns your throat (in a very good way!) with that first sip, and the awesomeness of the proprietary blend that Coca-Cola ONLY only McD’s to use (well, that might just be an urban legend…)!  Regardless, it’s delish.

And I mean DELISH with a capital D-E-L-I-S-H.

diet coke

You coffee people don’t know what you are missing.  Just saying.

Most days,  my husband gets his sweet-self up early each day to get a coffee from Starbucks (for him) AND a delicious Diet Coke from McDonalds for me.  Every single day that he can.  Love that man. 

On the rare days that Bo cannot go because he’s out of town, I have the sweet pleasure of going myself and being greeted by my friend, Josh, who works the drive-thru.  Josh is a rock star in my book.  He is the perfect blend of efficiency, cuteness, and PURE JOY.  This guy literally makes my day with a smile!  I honestly will tell you that there are moments I think his smile is going to burst into a million little fairies that bring giggles to everyone around him. I told him that very thing the other day and he grabbed my hand in the drive-thru and gave it a huge squeeze!  I smiled the rest of the day!

I seriously love this kid – as does everyone in my family.  If you are ever in our area, you gotta promise me to stop by and see him, but you better hurry.  I’ve called the corporate office of McDonalds to praise this guy about 10 times.  He’s going places, this Josh!*

The thing is, I think Josh knows a secret.  Can you guess what it is?  Don’t you WANT to know what it is?

It’s the power of harnessing a TRUE positive attitude.

Is there anything more precious and infectious than a really great smile, backed up with an amazing attitude? That’s true, authentic, REAL LIFE integrity of spirit in my book.  And I appreciate it so very much!

Just keep singing

We haven’t been placed here for “such a time and place as this” (Esther 4:14)  to be miserable, my sweets.  Quite the opposite. There is power in a smile.  Soulful relief in the giggles.  Triumph in optimism.  JOY in contentedness.  LIFE through Jesus.

The moment you CHOOSE joy, you release the power of the Holy Spirit into this world, which is a place that desperately needs it.  It comes from Him, through you, to others.  It’s a gift; it’s a choice; and it’s up to you.

(This selection was originally posted here in it’s full format on August 22. 2013! With that in mind, here’s an update on  my friend, Josh:  sadly for me, but excitingly for Josh, he has left McDonald’s and has gone on to a bigger position elsewhere.  Wherever life takes you, sweet Josh, I pray you know how much you are missed here by ME!)

God bless you in incredible ways today, sweet friends!

Peace, love and JOY!


Up Next Week:  The Beauty of a Triple Salchow!  😉

5 responses »

  1. Love this one! (As I drink my delicious, hot COFFEE on this chilly but sunny, sparkly white morning! Tee hee – to each her own!). 😍. Hugs! Thanks for making me smile today!

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