Gloom

But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. - Psalm 68:3 
 
A recent edition of the New York Times featured news of a new toy—a plush “Ask Me More Eeyore,” modeled after the gloomy donkey from Winnie the Pooh.  The toy is designed for children aged three to seven.  The paper remarked that these are just the right ages, apparently, to learn about undaunted pessimism.
 
Eeyore responds to children’s questions with comments like, “Don’t’ count on it,” “Doesn’t look good,” “Outcome looks sort of gloomy,” “You can’t win them all,” and “Looks good for you, must be nice.”
 
Sometimes Eeyore will even ask the child, “You wouldn’t want me for a friend, would you?”
 
As if life isn’t tough enough for some kids. 
 
Do you have a gloomy Eeyore in your life?  Perhaps you’ve taken on that role for yourself! 
 
If you’re busy looking for all the things that can go wrong, you’re sure to miss the blessings God has prepared for you.
 
“It is not fitting when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.” - St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)
 

 

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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.