It is important that we always have a lighthearted attitude towards life. So many times because of the trials and challenges in our path we are tempted to murmur and complain and shout about our plight because we feel so overwhelmed that we can’t see our way out. What I have found to be more effective is to answer fear with faith. I trust that God has my best interest in mind at all times and that my life is held securely in the palms of His hands. If I am trusting in the Lord then why would I worry about my tomorrows? Instead I choose to rest in God’s love, His provision and sustenance that is promised to all those who have given their life to the Lord and trusted in Jesus to be there for them all the days of their life. When we keep a positive attitude in the midst of trouble our inner joy and peace will remain with us. How we feel inwardly whether good or bad will be reflected outwardly as well. We read this in Proverbs 15:13 “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” (Proverbs 4:20-23) (Psalm 61:1-4)
God calls us to be the head and not the tail, to be above only and not beneath so why do we discount our value by choosing to worry about a situation that we don’t have any control over? We shouldn’t lose our peace no matter how strong the storms may rage and how dark the night may get because our God is able to do the impossible and bring us out of any situation better than we were before it. God says in Isaiah 43:18-19 “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” We have to remember how big God is compared to the insignificant trouble that is trying to steal our joy so that we can rest in hope knowing that our future is brighter than we can ever think or imagine for ourselves. (Deuteronomy 28:13) (Hebrews 4:14-16)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to always be one who chooses to keep a cheerful countenance at all times knowing that good is surely coming your way.
MUSIC OF THE HEART
When my children were babies I spent many hours feeding them, changing them, bathing them, and dressing them. Yet, all of these hours combined are probably still less than the time I spent trying to make them laugh. From tickling toes, to belly blows, to making faces, to weird noises there was no limit to what I would do to hear the sweet sound of laughter coming from their tiny mouths. Their laughter brought such joy to my ears and my soul. It was so musical, so delightful, and so contagious that I found myself joining in every time I heard it. It made me think that this is what Heaven must sound like at times.
I have never understood the fact that as we grow older we tend to laugh less and less when instead we should be trying to laugh more and more. Laughter brings beauty to our faces. It reverses our wrinkles. It exercises our insides. It keeps us young. Laughter clears our thoughts. It wipes out our worries. It reduces our fears. It puts our problems in perspective. Laughter helps our souls to sing. It sets our spirits to soaring. It makes us sound like angels. It helps us to see the world through the eyes of love.
I am going to do my best to keep laughing all of my days here. I am going to keep my mind open for all the joys each day may bring. When my days are done I want my laugh lines deep enough to drive a truck in. When my life here is over I want to hear our Heavenly Father say: “Well lived, well laughed, and well loved!”
A good friend of mine recently sent me a framed saying. It says: “Laughter is the music of the heart.” I hope then that you always fill your heart with music. I hope that your days are full of giggles, grins, chuckles, and belly laughs. I hope that you laugh and love your way all through this life and right into Heaven.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
1 Peter 3:10-12 “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.”
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Psalm 118:5-9 “I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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In Christ’s Service,
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