Sunday, November 29, 2015 • 11:31


May 15, 2013
"Don't Worry, Be Hoppy!"

This morning, as I gazed out my bedroom window, I saw a robin hopping all around, from ground to rocks to ground again, just enjoying the sunshine as she ate her breakfast bugs from my flower garden. I said to myself, "Now that's a hoppy bird."

So I was thinking…..

How many of us go about our business with a little "hop" in our step? Whether it is a "physical" hop or just an "attitude" hop, not only does it improve our outlook and enjoyment of whatever we're doing, it also will have a positive effect on others. I couldn't help but smile as I watched the robin. She wasn't dragging her feet feeling sorry for herself that she had to hunt her own food or expecting the bugs to come running to her. No, she was flat getting after it, and looked like she was not only hoppy doing it, but happy as well.

A few years ago, I received probably the best compliment I have ever had. At the time, I was really struggling with a serious health issue, but still commuting from Escondido to Carlsbad where I was the office manager at our family business. One day, my young assistant, who knew I was struggling, said to me, "Phyllis, even though you don't feel good, you don't act like it." Wow! Not only was that a huge validation for me personally, but more importantly, it gave me the perfect opportunity to witness to her and tell her that I couldn't do it if it weren't for Jesus. That He was the reason I could daily face and deal with the health issue, maintain a pleasant attitude to those I interacted with and still handle my stressful job responsibilities. I have to admit, I did have a little more hop in my step after her words, though.

We all have different issues we are dealing with in our lives, but try putting a little hop in your step as you go about your day and see what happens. You may get a few funny looks, but you also might find others happily hopping along beside you.


"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" Matthew 6:25-26

©2013 Phyllis Knight

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