“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”(Proverbs 17:22)
There is something very powerful about a cheerful heart. Like a stick of dynamite, when it goes off, it changes the environment around everything its concussion touches…and it’s all positive! This kind of infectious attitude can brighten even the grouchiest individuals’ days. It has the ability to move away from what is wrong in the world to what is right. A cheerful heart changes a terrible situation into a good one. Naturally, it is a joy to be around cheerful people. There is just something magnetic about a person who is cheerful. They are looking for the next smile around the corner, rather than the next brick to drop. I want to be that kind of person…don’t you?
Take for instance the “crushed spirit.” It inhabits the man or woman who has not recovered from the sorrow of being emotionally brutalized. Some people choose to stay locked and petrified by the trauma of the past, rather than breaking free from its icy grips. It is not easy to change your thinking; and “snapping out of it” does not come easily to some. However, when a person has a crushed spirit, it feels like their bones are drying up on the inside, almost like a slow death. If you are there, don’t plan to stay in that place.
How do you move from crushed to cheerful? It might be something as easy as personal choice. You might not be able to change the situation, but you can change how you deal with it. Like taking lemons and making pie or the proverbial lemonade, it is possible to change your attitude. The real question is: Do you want to change? The choice is simple. Will you be a great prescription for others to take, or a dry wind to parch the thirst of a weary traveler? Today, choose good medicine and ask the Lord to give you the means to become just that…good medicine. If anyone knows how to change your chemistry, He does!