This morning I was thinking about all the exciting little things that have happened recently, and it made me grin from ear to ear. Then suddenly, it was as if the Lord spoke directly to my heart: "But there are higher joys." :) Of course it's not wrong to take joy in the little things, like a note from a friend, or a small thoughtful gift, or a few relaxing days to yourself. But what about the eternal joys, the ones that will last forever? Seeing God face to face, seeing a dear friend accept Christ, experiencing God's forgiveness... Aren't those things so much more deserving of our contemplation and joy? What if I mulled those things over and over in my head throughout the day, the way I do with other things? Wouldn't I feel so much closer to heaven? I want these "higher joys" to fill my thoughts throughout the day, every day. I want to feel close to heaven.