A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. ~ Proverbs 17:22
Have you seen a grumpy dog? It´s hard to tell when it´s happy for it seems to wear only a single expression—a grumpy frown.
But have you seen a grumpy child? A kid who never learns to smile and whose face looks like she´s always ready to cry, if not angry?
Those who have seen me when I was a child and growing up must have a good dose of it, I was a grumpy child. In fact, I never really learned to smile until I was in university, during my late teens.
I remember when I was six in my first grade. It was a beautiful afternoon, I was on the stage during our school´s recognition program, and my well-dressed mom was pinning a third place honor ribbon on my gorgeous new dress, the setting sun in the background showed the red shade of my hair, my right hand was holding a gift box from my parents, but my face looked like I was about to cry. It was supposed to be a happy day!
I was not happy as a child. Too much responsibility was put on my shoulders by my parents since I was five which removed the cheerfulness in my heart.
I took life so seriously, I acted and looked many years older than my age, and I didn´t learn to have fun.
Thankfully, towards my early adulthood I´ve shifted my perspective, I learned to laugh at the responsibilities that I had to bear and found a way to play on the side while working hard.
Most importantly, I learned to smile. And I learned to be happy.
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We may not be able to change our circumstances, but we can change the way we see things.
We can choose to focus on the positive sides of our challenges, or dwell on the negative sides.
We can choose to take one step a time towards forgiveness, or swim in the sea of hurts from our past.
We can choose to let live and let God, or forge to take control of everything in our life.
We can choose to be content in whatever circumstance we´re in, be it a season of harvest or drought, or murmur, complain and covet.
Whatever we decide to do, it is us who have absolute control of our happiness. No one can make us unhappy. Only we can make ourselves unhappy.
Our mind plays a major role. It has a big influence over our body.
Our mind decides to have a cheerful spirit or not, but cheerfulness is conducive to life and health. While sorrow, care, anxiety, and worry result to diseases and even death.
We get to journey on this old Earth only once, isn´t it better to make it a joyful one?
Whenever you find yourself unhappy, remember Jesus´ cheering words:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” ~ John 14: 1-3
Ponder: Does my mind take me to the happiness route?
Prayer: Lord, may You guide my mind in choosing to be happy, and may You give me a cheerful heart. Amen.