A Merry Heart

Colossians 3: 23-24

Work hard andcheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord ratherthan for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as yourreward, and the Master you are serving is Christ. (NLT)

I’ve always thought of myself as a fairly happy person. As I age though,I feel myself becoming a little less optimistic; even a little disgruntled at times. I’ve also noticed that I frown when concentrating or performing mundane tasks. I know this comes with living the daily grind and is probably nothing to worry a great deal about, but I do feel that God is trying to curb these tendencies in my spirit.


It seems that everything I am reading at the moment points to scripture that tells me to “Be Happy”. These words have often been used by my children, if they happen to catch me in a moment of sadness or in an attempt to avoid discipline (which, I must admit, usually works). Who can possibly avoid breaking into laughter at “Mommy, be happy” accompanied by a pouty lip and batting eyelashes?


I recently read Homeschooling With a Meek and Quiet Spirit and am currently tackling Created to Be His Help Meet. Both have entire chapters devoted to having a merry heart and finding joy in all circumstances. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve come across verses, in devotions or sermons,where Paul is telling someone to be cheerful or find joy in any circumstance.


As if that were not enough, God has been using my daughter to keep me in line. Over the last couple of months, it seems that any time I get out of line, reacting unnecessarily sharply or being outwardly irritable, I hear a beautiful tiny voice coming from wherever she may be playing, reading or singing, saying, “Mommy, remember to smile”.


I am definitely not an unhappy person and I have found the peace and joy that comes from knowing Jesus personally. I have a wonderful family and many opportunities to laugh each day. By nature, I am a fairly serious person though, so I am appreciating these frequent reminders to live out the happiness with which I have been blessed.


What makes you happy and how do you express your joy?

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