Book: Proverbs 17
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”
My mother used to have a subscription to Readers Digest magazine and as a child I used to enjoy reading the section called “Laughter Is The Best Medicine”. Although there were only two pages of jokes it kept me entertained and of course I had a supply of jokes to tell others. I very rarely read any other part of that magazine but I always looked forward to that section.
It is amazing how two people can be going through similar situations but one is upbeat and the other is downcast. The positive one is not going to let anything get in their way from enjoying life. The other can’t find any good in anything even if things were all positive.
The story is told of a father who had two sons. One was always extremely optimistic while the other son could or would not enjoy anything. One day the father tried an experiment on his sons. For the boy who was always negative he created a room with every possible game and toy that a boy would want. For the optimistic son he put horse manure and hay in a room. The unhappy son looked at his room full of toys and said to his dad, “I’m bored.” The second son ran into his room, dug through the hay and manure with great energy. His father said, “son what are you doing?” With an expression of joy and anticipation he said, “Dad with all this hay and manure there must be a horse in this room for me to ride!”.
The source of joy is the Lord. David said this in Psalm 28:7 “The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” As David relied on the Lord for help, he received strength, protection, peace and joy. That joy was so strong that he could not stop himself from singing God’s praise. That is what he wants for all of His people.
As you consider you circumstances, situations, or challenges for today, will you be full of joy because you have turned them over to the Lord and chosen to be thankful for His help. Take time now to talk over with the Lord those things that are a burden to you.
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say again – rejoice!” Philippians 4:4