Sometimes, especially on Monday mornings, you lose your joy. You have to get up for work again, you have aches and pains, you didn’t sleep well, you got stuck in traffic…but we’re reminded by the lives of the apostles after Jesus died and rose that we need to be “Easter People” (and not just on Sundays!) – by being an example of Christ, serving God with a smile, reminding others of the Resurrection message and remaining joyful despite all of life’s little annoyances or “crosses” that we bear. So how do we get our joy back? Reminding ourselves of all we have to be grateful for – and then hanging on to that attitude of gratitude – will go a long way I’ve been told. So this morning, I will start over, get out my gratitude journal and heed my own advice (last night a friend called all lonely and depressed and I reminded her of all the blessings she has in her home, health, career, family and friends). Hmmm….so much easier to give advice than to take it! So I opened the Bible and found this Scripture passage with its simple, great advice: “…for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17) Today I will try to spread the Good News by being joyful no matter what. Happy Monday Easter People!