“A merry heart doeth good like medicine.” Proverbs 17:22
We know it’s true because not only have we seen it, but we have experienced it for ourselves.
Yet very often we don’t choose it for ourselves, even knowing it is the better choice.
Deep down, we desire it, but it seems illusive–until we run into that person that always seems to have a smile on their face or an encouraging word to say.
When you meet this person, your sarcasm might question their authenticity–or your cynicism might even challenge them to remain so.
If you lean toward the negative, you will probably think it’s all fake and shrug off their facade.
OR you are instantly smiling, wishing and hoping that this cheerful spirit will somehow just rub off on you.
And you leave thankful that you were so lucky to have such an encounter.
I am absolutely convinced that these are no coincidences, and this “chance” encounter was really God knowing you needed that gift of cheer.
AND then you’re left wondering how it is that some face the day with dread and gloom while others start theirs with a spirit of optimism, ready to take on whatever the day might bring.
In my half-century of life I have seen two common threads that seem to always be woven into the fabric of a life that is cheerful: It not only CONTAINS JOY, but it PRODUCES JOY.
You see, when you are a container of joy, it never just settles in and makes itself at home–it either gets stagnant and evaporates or it bubbles up and spills over, splashing its contents on whomever happens to come near.
The world thinks that joy is obtained rather than contained.
The misguided notion that circumstances or possessions can bring joy will leave your container empty.
The true source of joy is contained by the believer who’s hope is in the One that fills us with HIS love, HIS joy, and HIS peace.
“We wait for the Lord; HE is our help and shield. For our hearts rejoice in Him, because we trust His holy name.” Psalm 33:20-21
Fall is in the air, and with it comes the season of thanksgiving–something that shouldn’t be a “season” at all…
The person who truly understands how much God loves us, will have the most gratitude in their heart for WHO HE IS and WHAT HE HAS DONE.
Thankfulness comes because we recognize that every day is a gift. Our blessings come from God and apart from His grace and mercy we would have no hope. No peace. No joy. Life has its struggles and difficulties, of course, but in every moment of every day there is always SOMETHING to be thankful for, and just being grateful will fuel our joy and fill our container to overflowing.
I know people like that, don’t you? People you just love to be around. People who make you smile and laugh. The people you are glad you met.
I met a beautiful couple like that just this week and their spirit reminded me of what I want to be when I grow up. What I want the latter part of my years to look like:
Probably no phase of character plays a more important part than a cheerful and happy contentment of life…
A cheerful companion on a long journey, how short it seems!
The dull evening is banished by the presence of the happy man;
and when trouble comes, how much easier it is borne when a cheerful optimism and fortitude take the place of solemn and gloomy thoughts!
Truly the blessing of cheerfulness is not to be undervalued.
~~Life’s Common Way, 1907