I was talking with some nurses and techs about Fulton the other day. It was quite a sight – all of us gathered around the nurse’s station talking about him. There were tears and smiles as I told stories from the accident. As I was walking away, one of the techs came up to me and said, “What I like about Fulton is his joyfulness.” I felt so proud as I heard those words. There’s no doubting it - people are drawn to Fulton because of it.
To be joyful means feeling, causing, or showing great happiness; full of joy. There are so many reasons why Fulton could be just the opposite – full of bitterness, anger, and self-absorption. After all, he can’t walk, talk, or eat on his own. He can’t even hold up his head without assistance. And yet, he’s full of cheer.
Think of all the people you know who have little or no joy. They’re miserable. Oh, they can walk, talk, and take care of themselves, but lack contagious love and peace. Fulton is far ahead of them. He could have given up on life a long time ago but he continues on, full of joy, impacting others. He is a living example of what God can do through His love and power.
The accident was terrible. Fulton’s life is hard, but the tragedy couldn’t steal his joy. David wrote, “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)