Monday, August 16, 2010

Keep Your Chin Up

A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. 
Proverbs 15:13

All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
Proverbs 15:15

"Merry" is defined as cheerful, jolly, delightful, happy, jovial, gleeful, festively joyous, or pleasant.  What?  I'm supposed to be all of the above in the middle of sorrow?  Just because life isn't going according to your picture-perfect-plan, doesn't mean you have to be miserable!  After all, the Bible tells us there is a purpose for suffering (Romans 8:28). 

Keeping your chin up, one day at a time: Look at each day, find something to be happy about, and feast on it!  Did you manage to paint your nails without messing them up?  Was the cashier at the store especially sweet today?  Have any of your friends texted you recently?  Did your flowers get the rain they've so desperately needed?  Even in the midst of life's storms, good things happen; look for them.  After you find a gem of happiness in your day, ponder it instead of whatever is breaking your spirit.  There's plenty to be happy about -- have a continual feast!

It's going to be worth it. It's hard to cancel your own pity-party, but having a merry heart is so much more fun.  Even if your spirit and heart are broken, a positive attitude can bring a glow to your face that others in your position only dream of having.  Just think, when this fiery trial is over, you'll come out stronger, you'll be closer to God, and you'll be deeper in His will.  Now that's worth getting happy about, and it's certainly worth going through a trial.

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