A Merry Heart

Proverbs 15:13 says, “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”  This is at least partly responsible for the phrase “laughter is the best medicine.”  Solomon in this verse hits the full range of emotions.  He talks about happiness and sorrow.  Someday it seems you have to laugh to keep from crying.  Life has a way of knocking you down.  Jesus said that in this world we would have tribulation (John 16:33).  Therefore, I would advise us all to look for the joyful moments in life and thank God for them.  I want to share one of mine.  As usual I walked over to the church yesterday (Sunday morning).  I walked through the grass and noticed that some of the grass fertilizer got on my shoes.  When I got to church I made sure to wipe them off (I can’t stand dirty shoes).  It wasn’t until this morning when I went to get my dress shoes that I noticed something was off.  I grabbed the two shoes that were the closest to each other, but noticed they looked different.  It was then that I noticed I had two different shoes.  The best part was when I saw the white residue from the fertilizer on both of my shoes, it was then that I realized that I had managed to wear two different shoes to church yesterday (I wish I could upload a picture of them because they look nothing alike other than both being black).  I wanted to see if it was as obvious to the rest of the world as it was to me, so I went and showed my wife.  She immediately picked up on the fact they were two different shoes and seeing my head drop, she began to laugh and asked if I had wore those two shoes to church yesterday.  Fast forwarding into later today there had been an incident that wasn’t very pleasant.  In all honesty, it was pretty frustrating for me, but even now sitting here re-telling one of my “I’m a goofball stories” I have to laugh a little.

I am convinced that God gives us these times in which all we can do is laugh to remind us that even when life is difficult (and it will be), there is always something to smile about.  Psalm 42:5 says, “Why art thou cast down, o my soul?  And why art thou disquieted in me?  Hope thou in God.”  Simple little reminder that regardless of the circumstances you find yourself in with life, you can always find hope in God, and that is something to smile about.  I will close with two precious promises from God Himself.  Hebrews 13:5, ” I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”  Psalm 23:4a, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.”  Take heart dear brother or sister in Christ, God is always near, He knows where you are, He knows what you are going through, and He will give you the grace and strength to face whatever life throws at you.  Smile God loves you!

By His grace and through His strength may we live for Him




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  1. this make me think of what you use to send out each week at east end .i still have copies of them. keep them coming. love and prayers to all of you my friend

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