Cheerfulness is the Sunshine of Life

Cheerfulness is the Sunshine of Life

Cheerfulness adds wind to your sails, sunlight on your shoulder, and a spring in your heels. It draws people like a magnet.  It is a strong, powerful influence that changes the atmosphere.  You cannot help but notice when a person with a cheerful personality enters a room.  It is like opening the drapes and letting in the sunshine.  Everything looks brighter and feels lighter.

Cheerfulness is connected to joy.  When your joy is connected to God, nothing can take it away.  It finds a way to maintain a positive attitude even in the face of negative reports and difficult circumstances.  Jesus said, “…In the world you shall have tribulation: but cheer up;       I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Proverbs 15:13

“A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance.”

Practical Application and Assignments:

A person who maintains a cheerful attitude knows that somewhere the sun is shining, but sometimes we have to pray the clouds away.

  • Fear not! Prior to a mission trip to Mexico, I dreamed my flight would be in a terrible storm. In route home we experienced ferocious turbulence and lightning.  I told my friend, “It’s going to be okay.  I have already prayed about this.” Instantly, the pilot announced, “Ladies and gentlemen, if you look to your right and left you will see the storm.  But straight ahead is as if someone has parted the clouds and left a path for us to pass through.”
  • Cheer up! Just as there is a place of serenity in the eye of a hurricane, there is place of peace in the midst of life’s storms. Jesus appeared to His disciples in a storm and shouted above the fury of the wind, “Be of good cheer.” Can you imagine this scenario? These guys are about to be shipwrecked and Jesus says, “Cheer up!”  If it had been anyone else speaking it would seem ridiculous.  Jesus added these words, “It is I.  Be not afraid.”  Matthew 14: 27  When the winds of adversity threaten your peace of mind, look for the “Son.”

Jesus said, “Be of good cheer.” Matthew 14:27

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