How many of you struggle just to be cheerful? I know it can be hard. Sometimes I will start out my day purposing to be cheerful, but it takes constant thought and effort to continue with being cheerful. As soon as something goes bad, your cheerfulness suddenly spirals downward and you are no longer cheery, but a grumpy mess. A friend of mine says that she starts out each day reciting Psalm 118:24: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
This verse starts out by saying that we should be glad and rejoice because the Lord as made this day. This morning, I started out by going for a walk/run with my dad and then sat outside to do my devotional. It was wonderful just to be able to sit outside and marvel in God’s creation. The sun, just coming up, warm on my face, the birds twittering to each other in the trees, and a cool breeze sometimes flipping the pages of my bible. Starting out my day like that, I can’t help but rejoice! The Lord made all the creation and has given it to us to enjoy.
Now, how many of you girls have heard of Pollyanna? I bring her up because the second part of Psalm 118:24 says that we are to “be glad in it.” Pollyanna always saw the good in everything and was glad! Read this excerpt from the book: “Pollyanna has ‘an overwhelming, unquenchable gladness for everything that has happened or is going to happen. At any rate, her quaint speeches are constantly being repeated to me, and, as near as I can make out, just being glad is the tenor of most of them.'” How often are we glad or cheerful about everything that has happened or going to happen? Are we cheerful only during the good and fun things? Or do we try to find the good in the bad?
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A joyful (cheerful) heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” By having a cheerful attitude, we feel happier and everyone else around us feels happier too. But if we have a crushed spirit instead, no matter what happens, whether good or bad, we will be depressed and grumpy.
So throughout this week, try to be glad in all circumstances. Rejoice in God’s creation that he has made and live your life with a cheerful attitude!