Cheerfulness 101
A miserable heart means a miserable life;
a cheerful heart fills the day with a song.
Proverbs 15:15 MSG

Christ promises us lives of abundance and joy, but He does not force His joy upon us. We must claim His joy for ourselves, and when we do, Jesus, in turn, fills our spirits with His power and His love. Few things in life are more sad, or, for that matter, more absurd, than a grumpy Christian. How can we receive from Christ the joy that is rightfully ours? By giving Him what is rightfully His: our hearts and our souls.

When we earnestly commit ourselves to the Savior of mankind, when we place Jesus at the center of our lives and trust Him as our personal Savior, He will transform us, not just for today, but for all eternity. Then we, as God’s children, can share Christ’s joy and His message with a world that needs both. 

Christ can put a spring in your step and a thrill in your heart. Optimism and cheerfulness are products of knowing Christ. - Billy Graham, 100 Days of Prayer

It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look. - St. Francis of Assisi 

When I think of God, my heart is so full of joy that the notes leap and dance as they leave my pen; and since God has given me a cheerful heart, I serve him with a cheerful spirit. - Franz Joseph Haydn

We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way. - Gloria Gaither

Today’s Prayer
Dear Lord, You have given me so many reasons to be happy, and I want to be a cheerful Christian. Today and every day, I will do my best to share my happiness with my family and my friends. Amen