7/30/21 - The Choice to be Happy

 

Proverbs 17:22 – A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
I am not sure that I have ever been around a happier horse than little Miss Honey.  She generally greets you with ears up and a gentle nicker.  Of course, she could just be hopeful for a cookie or an apple… But she is generally a happy little horse.  She likes to go out to explore the world when we go on a trail ride, looking forward with wide eyes and pricked ears.  Happy to see what is around the bend.  If we are doing some arena work, she is bouncing through that with a spring in her step looking for the next challenge. 

I am wondering, do we have a choice to be like Honey?  To greet each day with our eyes open and ears perked up looking for the next adventure that is coming our way?  Maybe the adage “Happiness is a choice” could be applied?  Maybe when circumstances threaten to crush people’s spirits and sink them into the gloom, they need the powerful medicine of joy more than ever.  Solomon is probably not advocating a superficial “grin and bear it” or “put on a happy face” mentality, but instead, a deep, abiding faith that all will be well for those who trust God.

Life’s trials and disappointments can feel crushing at times, but we don’t need to roll over and despair.  Maybe the prescription for happiness is right at our fingertips?  We can cultivate our faith in the good news of the One who encourages us with these words: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world, you may have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”

Heavenly Father, grant me the wisdom to look for the joy in little things.  To smile at a fawn frolicking in a hayfield, the song of a bluebird, and the chatter of the Cardinal.  Help me to cultivate the faith that I have in you that all will turn out as it should, in your time, not mine.  Amen

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