When thinking of your dream home, what features are most important to you? Maybe it's square footage, great schools, a large kitchen or a man cave. Even the ideal house is far from complete if you don't fill it with the sounds of joy.
While visiting a dear friend, I was reminded of the joy found in hearing the sounds of laughter. Aside from all of the effort that goes into hosting a get together at your home, it's all worth it when you take the time to stop and listen to all of the conversations and laughter taking place at the same time. There is something about those sounds that touches our heart. I would argue that it's the love between those people that makes all of the difference. It's not about the acoustics.
The other day I saw a touching YouTube video that captures the essence of this thought ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Js4YZ1z0to ). A 4 year old is brought to tears while listening to the song "Say Something" by A Great Big World. Have you ever cried at a movie? If we removed the soundtrack, would you have the same response? On the other hand, what if you could add your own soundtrack to a moment in time. In many ways, we do have that soundtrack. Instead of music, we find laughter, little feet running on hardwood floors, the sound of toys or a bedtime story being read. Take time today to sit in the next room over and listen to all of the joyful sounds that fill your home. 1 Corinthians 13 says, "If I speak...but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal." Love is the secret ingredient.