When I was in the sixth grade I bought six Holstein calves. Every morning I would wake up and bottle feed them. I would repeat this again every evening.
When I would go to feed them, the calves would become excited and almost jump around when I brought the bottles. They would literally skip on their way to be fed.
This is how we as believers in Christ are described in Malachi. We, who fear the Lord, are said to skip like calves. We are described as having the same joy as a calf leaving the stall.
So, I wonder.
How many of us truly live life with this kind of joy? We have every reason to. We belong to the Creator of the universe. We have been covered by the blood of His son. We are redeemed. Saved. Blessed.
Is that your experience with the folks in your church? Is that your experience with the followers of Christ that you know?
I know many with that kind of joy. Others, though, act as though God is out to get them. Their lives reflect a belief that God means for their life to be miserable.
That isn’t how God wants our lives to be. He wants us to live joyful lives. He wants us to live lives like skipping calves, joyful and happy to be in Him.
How about you? Do you live a joyful life? Will you skip like a calf today?