'For the happy heart, life is a continual feast.' Proverbs 15:15 NLT
Our circumstances will affect how we feel, but we shouldn't allow them to dictate our feelings. The thing that can really affect our day, whatever it brings, is our attitude. The Bible says, 'For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast' (Proverbs 15:15 NLT). Positive people don't necessarily have an easier life that those who are negative; it's their attitude to situations that makes the difference.
In the book Pollyanna, the title character is an orphan who plays what she calls 'the glad game' - whatever situation she's facing, she looks for something in it to be glad about. When she's given a bleak, bare room to stay in, she decides to be glad about the view from the window. When she's given only bread and milk for a meal, she decides to be glad because she likes them. Her optimistic outlook is infectious, and she encourages everyone else to look on the bright side too.
We have a choice too. We can choose to let things get us down and focus only on the negative. Or we can decide that we're going to be like Paul and say, 'I have learned the secret of being content in any situation...I can do all this through him who gives me strength' (Philippians 4:12-13 NIV).
So what now? Each day, make a conscious decision to go about your day with a happy heart and a positive attitude. If tough times do come, remember you've got a God who loves you and is there for you.
Soulfood: Job 35-37 Luke 19:20-27 Ps 38:1-12 Pro 8:22-23,