"The most important of life's battles is the one we fight daily in the silent chambers of the soul."

Monday, July 23, 2007


And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

John 16:22

Never let anyone steal your joy.

Mike Richards

Joy is defined as an emotion of great happiness. I think nobody represented this greater than my dad. Always in good spirits even when he felt bad. A person can only make you feel bad if you let him. If you seen him out, he had a smile on his face. Never meeting a stranger did he. A person may see him out somewhere, and he always walked up to them first. Life is too short to let it get you down. Place it in God's hands was his words of wisdom. Let God do the worrying for you. This joy bubbled over to everyone he met.

He was a morning person. Getting up in a good mood. I, on the other hand, got up like I was rising from the dead. Good morning, sunshine, he would laugh. I would just mumble something like I miss my bed or why does morning have to come so early. Always a teaser and practical joker at times.

My daughter tells me that she can't help but tease cause she's like her papaw. Often times he loved to tease little kids. Oh, how he used to love to pinch our cheeks when we were little to get sugar. Not hard or anything just teasing like. He was never mean or cruel with his teasing. For example, pretending to make a sound like a dog to a two year old. Asking him where that dog was at;laughing while the toddler looked everywhere for that dog.

He had great flexibility, strength, and stamina. Going down on one knee while holding his arms straight out. Going all the way down while holding the other leg out in front of him. Still can't do it myself. Laughed to no end watching me try.

In the pulpit, he liked to mix in a little humor from time to time. He took situations and turned them around with humor. One Sunday morning, a little boy just kept throwing a temper tantrum during one of his sermons. Every time he tried to speak the boy got louder. The mother had finally had enough and picked the boy up. Taking her son out of the auditorium. The whole congregation turned and stared at the woman leaving with the boy. The child looking back at everyone. You could hear everyone whispering about why does she allow her child to act like that and so on. My dad saw an opportunity to lighten the mood and bring everyone back to the sermon. He smiled that warm smile. Getting tickled before he even spoke.

Let me tell you a story of a little boy just like that. Everyone listened expecting to hear something very serious. In the story he told of the little boy acting up in church and the mother carrying him out. He said,"As the little boy looked back at the people with a sad look. He spoke these words. Y'all pray for me; you hear." The congregation began to laugh. With that small chance, he turned everything around with his wit.

Doctors say laughter is the best medicine. It relieves stress and helps you live longer. My father lived a long full life. His life was not without sorrow though. But when he went to Christ the joy that no one can steal came back to his heart.

C.S.Lewis is quoted as saying,"Joy is the serious business of Heaven." I think he personified that very much in his lifetime.
Lance Gargus

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Sicarii said...

Great account, Lance. Indeed, our joy in the Lord cannot be taken away from us. We might be unhappy sometimes, but that's because of external circumstances.

Joy is internal; knowing that the Lord is in full control should keep us joyful.

God bless, brother!

Given55 said...

What a blessing to have such a lesson in your life. Joy is a beautiful gift that when given is always received with glee.

FishHawk said...

Certainly a perfect memorial to give.

Franx said...

Great Post Lance. Joy is wonderful closed to God make me peaceful

Mike said...

That's agreat quote from CS Lewis. He's one of my favourites! Blessings :)

Channelofhealing said...

This is a post I know the Holy Spirit has laid in my heart, for I had always been unhappy in the past but the Lord always told me to find joy in heartt and be happy daily.
thanks Lance for this and Godbless

Enemy of the Republic said...

And joy will be with you, my dear friend. You got a family, tabby cat, gerbils and birds in Philly who want to see you through the valley into the light of joy. Bless you.

Carol said...

Your father has such a kind face. And from what you said, he's the same on the inside. In a world where children disrespect their parents, it's really nice to see someone that truly loves them. I'm sure you were a blessing to him. :)

Great post!

SuzyQ said...

What a lovely tribute to your Dad.
Heartwarming words!
Have a blessed day:)

Liara Covert said...

Happiness and joy are within each of us always. They are eternal, constant, unlimited and unconditional. Your stories uplift the spirits of your readers.

nawang said...

Nice post. When we are sad, the mood which we reflect makes other sad too. So its better to laugh, enjoy and love your life and other people as life is very short.

This post really reminded me of my father.

Renae said...

Lance, I didn't know you were a PK! :-) Your dad sounds like a wonderful man. I know you miss him.


Susanno said...

You already shared a great joy with this post, Lance.

Thank you very much


Mike said...

I praise God for the promise of greater joy after the pain!

Franx said...

Very nice post Lance.. I love it.
Joy always with us and God Bless You

Anonymous said...

Hi Lance!
How are you my friend? Hope is everything alright with you and your family!
I loved your last post about your Father. I believe that it must be a great feeling to remember such great example that your Father as been for you. I feel happy for you. And I know you will be such a great example for your kids, like your Father as been for you.

Take care,

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