A Joyful Heart
by Charles R. Swindoll
You have put gladness in my heart.
We need to lighten up!
Yes, spirituality and fun do go well together. Scripture speaks directly to this issue, you know: "A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, but when the heart is sad the spirit is broken" (Proverbs 15:13).
We're not talking about a person's face here as much as we are about the heart.
Internal joy goes public. We can't hide it. The face takes its cue from an inside signal.
A well-developed sense of humor reveals a well-balanced personality. . . . The ability to get a laugh out of everyday situations is a safety valve. It rids us of tensions and worries that could otherwise damage our health.
You think I'm exaggerating the benefits? If so, maybe you've forgotten another proverb: "A joyful heart is good medicine" (Proverbs 17:22).
What is it that brings healing to emotions, healing to the soul? A joyful heart!
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