I love when I open the page of my devotional, no matter how many days have passed from the last time I read, and the reading is appropriate for that very day. The topic this morning was ….
It’s the easiest way for us to be when everything is coming up roses. When life is going the way WE would like. When we have everything we want. And none of what don’t.
It’s easy to be cheerful when life is perfect.
Let’s prick the balloon at this point as here is what I just fully and completely came to realize ….
Life will never be perfect. I know I am slow on the uptake. It took “Miss Happy” fifty seven years to come to this conclusion.
I have honestly found this last week to be depressing. There I said it. Not that I am depressed but I certainly have found myself to be less joyful. And then I read ….
Your heart and mind are intricately connected.
(from Jesus Lives by Sarah Young, page 80)
Here’s the point …. Intricately (according to dictionary.com) —>
- having interrelated parts or facets; entangled or involved;
- complex; complicated; hard to understand, work or make.
Our hearts and minds are so intricately connected which makes it totally perplexing and hard to understand the way they affect one another. But take it to the bank – they. surely. do!
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” (Proverbs 17:22, NLT)
Being cheerful does not mean we take on the proverbial, “fake it to make it”. It means we put our trust in Who our God says He is and what He says He can do. We nip the downward spiral before we hit bottom. It means we do not let the negative thoughts take us farther away from the truths which God promises in His Word.
We ask Him to restore joy back into our hearts as we trust Him to ….
- to bring job opportunities
- to help us pass tests
- to not get discouraged under demanding or unreasonable bosses
- to give us the energy to deal with teething toddlers
- to bring our dreams to fruition – mine and each one of yours
- to provide a way out of situations where we feel stuck
- to show us how to do “ministry” (youth and otherwise)
- and yes, to relieve back pain
- to bring healing to hurting hearts
- to take care of the needs of the world around us
The truth is, while our circumstances may not change today, today is all we have and we will never live today again. So we might as well live it cheerfully. And honor Him. And bring Him glory. And trust Him.
Because if I am reading it correctly -
A cheerful heart is good medicine.
May we take a good dose today.
**This post is not negating the illness of depression nor the need for medication. It is addressing the occasional feeling of depression which everyone feels at times in life.