Proverbs 15:13-15

A Merry Heart

Smiles are contagious and get our attention quickly.  These children in Myanmar are happy in the Lord and are learning to cultivate a merry heart in difficult situations.

Often we are hoping for some fantastic event to take place that will make us happy.  Sometimes it is the next device we plan to purchase that we think will bring us great joy.  But Scripture is clear to teach us that the condition of one’s heart is reflected on the face.  We would do well to take some instructions from children who demonstrate a merry heart in the smallest of things. 

A little boy in Zambia, playing in the dirt with an empty, half-gallon milk container, looked as if he had a great toy.  It was not the toy; it was his view of the situation that made the difference.

So, what will people see on our face today? Will they see the demonstration of a “merry heart” or frowning and frustration?  Trusting in the Lord and walking in obedience to the Word are the first steps to cultivating a merry heart.  Nehemiah reminded the people in Nehemiah 8:10 that “. . .  the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Showing joy and happiness from an obedient and thankful life are a great attraction to others.  Check out Matthew 5:13-16.