Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
To which I shout a hearty “Amen!” having been around many a broken spirit with dried-up bones in my lifetime.
My plea is not that we read the comics, watch mindless sitcoms, or tell a lot of silly jokes to each other. That’s external, superficial, and shallow. I’m suggesting that we become more lighthearted, relishing life more as our confidence in the sovereign Lord grows. After all, He gave us humor to enjoy and genuine smiles when we take pleasure in His gift.
Let’s lighten up rather than surrender to intensity and worry. A truly cheerful face radiates from a relaxed, joyful heart.
A few things in life are absolutely tragic, no question about it. But a joyless Christian . . . that’s ridiculous!
Rejoice in the Lord always;
Again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
Taken from Charles R. Swindoll, “A Joyful Heart . . . It’s Good Medicine!” Insights (March 2001): 1-2. Copyright © 2001, Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide.