“A cheerful is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength”

Proverbs 17:22

A cheerful heart brings positive benefits to our physical bodies. This means that having a happy heart can be healing to the soul and fuel for the body. Likewise, being depressed and sad for a long period of time can be detrimental to our physical health and strength. On “not so happy” days, we should ask ourselves “Why am I not cheerful? Where has my joy gone? Most of the time, I realize that I have been fretting about circumstances….finances, car troubles, relationship problems, poor health with family members…. all of which may not be happy circumstances. I focus on these things instead of focusing on my relationship with Jesus, the one thing that can be constant and remains positive. Life is not always a feast of pleasant experiences, and we cannot control all the circumstances that will unveil in our daily lives. But we CAN pour our energies into knowing and loving Jesus! Amen? Amen! He is the source of all joy and can fill us with true cheerfulness, hope, and joy.
I came to relearn this recently as I sunk into a slight depression several years ago when my father was struggling with emphysema and having a slow, challenging recovery from his recent open heart surgery. In the course of a week, my spirit began to deflate, my body became weak and my mind started to slip into the sadness of the situation. Everyone was praying for my family but I didn’t even want to. I shut down for a few days and just decided to be angry, sad and scared. After my “time out”, I came back to the Lord and asked for him to fill me again (Matthew 6:33) with his strength and peace.
“Happiness is caused by things that happen around me and circumstances will mar it; but JOY flows right through trouble; Joy flows through the dark….

So, my friends, I encourage you to keep your JOY alive through Christ. Strive for that cheerful heart even amidst unpleasant circumstances….

In His Grip
Tanji