Faith…or at least what people believe…makes all the difference in the world in the way they act, in the values they hold dear, and in the standards which guide the way they live. Perhaps King Solomon said it best when he wrote these words, "A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones" (Proverbs 17:22). Our emotions have a profound effect upon the way we feel...and they really can affect us physically. Some people see things from a negative point of view...convinced that everything is going to fall apart (think, Chicken Little). However, we tend to be attracted to the person who has a smile on his face and joy in his heart.
You and I have only a limited control over the circumstances that come our way. We are not sure what the next few months or years will bring to our homes, our families, and to our lives. Those who sit around and wonder what bad things they fear are going to come to pass…often find that they do! For others, there is that trust…that sacred bond which brings strength to our life…and there is the voice of Jesus saying, "Cheer up, because a joyful heart is the very best medicine that you can take." We are going to go a lot further by offering sugar to people than vinegar. Life is all about choices. We can choose to be happy, sad, angry…and it will make all of the difference in our relationships.