Sunday, November 18, 2012
HOW'S YOUR HEART?
"13. A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. & 15. All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast."
I was reflecting on this verse I read the other day. I was indeed having a sorrowful heart. Life was being a bit of a challenge and it seemed that I was only seeing the mistakes I made (recent or long term) and all the things that would be better in my life "if only".
Ever caught yourself in this cycle. Worse, when it isn't just a moment but becomes a repeated day after day mind set?
How true it is that all the "afflicted" days become evil. Not only because you can truthfully admit that your attitude during this time is never pleasant to those around you but because you are wasting a precious gift God has given you: a new day, another chance. Waste of any kind is most definitely a bad thing. But, particularly when that waste is something you can never get back.
Yes, God is gracious enough to give us a new day and another chance every time we wake up. But, we all know this life is short enough. Can anyone say they truly have time to waste?
You have a choice to make- evil days of a sorrowful heart and an afflicted, broken spirit or the continual feast of a merry heart and a cheerful countenance?
How do you find the strength to make the right choice? I have many times asked myself that when caught in this kind of cycle. It seems easy for someone to tell me that I simply make a choice, but so much harder to put in place.
Well, here is one thing I that I remind myself of, it comes from Philippians 4:13
"13. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
When I remind myself that He loves me and gives me a strength above my own then I am also reminded of how I would offer my strength to someone who was feeling sorrowful, like one of my kiddos, my husband, or a friend.
You know the old saying- a single stick is easily broken, but more than one bound together becomes so much stronger.
So, let's be each others encouragement to a merry heart and continual feast. Post below and tell me what choice you will make today.
Till Later :)