I watched the PGA Championship yesterday. (Now for those of you who could care less about golf just humor me and please read on.) At the ripe old age of 50 years old, Phil Mickelson won his sixth major championship. No worries I won’t bore you with a hole by hole breakdown — only one shot. On the par-three fifth hole Michelson put his tee shot in the sandy area (at Kiawah Island Golf Resort Ocean Course they don’t have bunkers.) He holed his shot out of the sandy area, making a birdie and increasing his lead to two shots. It was reported that Mickelson walking over to the sixth hole handed over the ball to a young fan in a wheelchair, who could barely contain his excitement.  One reporter writes: “To be fair, it didn’t take much at all. But, really, that’s the point. It cost Mickelson almost nothing. It literally required a few seconds of his time and a golf ball. Let’s be honest, the man has more golf balls at his disposal than any human could need.” A bit further on in the article, the reporter made this comment… “The lesson is this–to the extent you are able, do everything you can to spread joy and delight to the people around you. The return on investment here is incredible. It often costs almost nothing but can make a huge impact on the lives of those around you.” We invite you this day, well let’s say every day, to the extent you can spread joy and delight to the people around you.

Scripture Reading: Philemon 1:7
“I have indeed received much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you… ”

Reflection Questions:
How are you spreading joy?
What is your greatest accomplishment?
Who encourages you?

Prayer: Holy God, let me be mindful of others and intentional in my actions.  Remind me what joy does and let my words be filled with encouragement. Amen.