It’s a special day for each of us. We all woke up here. Did we not? What about those who didn’t? I think about that a lot.

Olivia would have turned 27 today. I first wrote about Olivia HERE.

Her servant’s heart will be missed. I often think of all the people she may have touched in her life and what those touches would have meant to the people with which she came in contact. When we seek to hold ourselves in Christ-like ways, we do good in the world. The good we do on His terms is akin to the butterfly effect. Or at least I sometimes think of it that way.

The butterfly effect is an idea that is more commonly used in chaos theory. A small change can make much bigger changes happen; one small incident can have a big impact on the future. The concept is imagined with a butterfly flapping its wings and causing a typhoon.


I don’t think very many of us understand our impact on others. I listened to some of the people at Olivia’s celebration of life talk about how they’d been embraced by her and how kind and considerate she was to anyone and everyone. To grasp her mental struggle during all this made it even more bittersweet to learn of her heartfelt gestures. I know she did some good in the world. I only wish she’d stayed longer.

As I enjoy this day, I promise to #livjoyfull. I promise to allow God deeper into my heart and show others I’m unashamed to love the Lord. I must seek His counsel and carry myself in the ways He intends. If Olivia can embrace every person she met with the full flavor Jesus did, all while bearing an overwhelming interior struggle, I have no excuse to NOT do so myself.

I pray today to experience and share ‘joy’ in the biblical sense. I try very hard to keep this idea fresh and alive in my mind. Today I was given a special annual reminder.

Be salt and light my friends. Share Him.

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