"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength." Proverbs 17:22 NLT
Thoughts for Today
This week we will ponder some of the real characteristics that should be evidenced as we pursue our relationship with God and draw closer to him. One such characteristic is joy.
Christianity is joyful. Joy is good for your health. During difficult times, we might not always have laughter, but God provides joy in all of our circumstances. The Bible describes practical steps to joy and ways to laugh more.
Consider this …
Try to stop taking yourself so seriously! Take time for laughter, for fellowship. Learn to enjoy yourself. Start each day out by rejoicing. Thank God for another day. Thank him for the opportunities ahead of you. Thank him for his love.
Involve happy people in your life. Smiling faces make you feel happy. Laughter is contagious.
Simplify your life in order to enjoy God's goodness. Sometimes we all get so involved in our "to-do" lists and worrying about tomorrow that we never enjoy the moment. Remember the old adage: Take time to smell the roses!
Always remember—real Christians laugh!
Father, thank you for providing joy in every circumstance. Help me to experience a cheerful heart in every circumstance. Help me to walk in your freedom and to laugh often. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …
Authentic Living in an Artificial World by Dr. Mike Chapman. This 45-minute group study gives understanding about what it means to be real. The facilitator's guide includes reproducible group member study sheets and an audio CD designed to help facilitators prepare for each session. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a study for individuals or couples.
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