The "Real" Force?

My friend, may I ask you a question? How hard is it for you to smile even when you don’t feel like it? Can you decide to be happy for the sake of others around you even when you don’t feel like it? Does the ability to keep a positive attitude really get you out of the tough days though; the ones that are real stinkers?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

What’s the most powerful force at work in your home today? Years ago there was a TV commercial for Ajax Laundry Detergent. Remember the jingle? “New Ajax laundry detergent is stronger than dirt, stronger than dirt!” Boy, if you just switched to Ajax laundry detergent you would have complete power over all things dirty. That’s power! Well, as convincing as that commercial was, Ajax wasn’t the most powerful force at work in your home. It wasn’t Mr. Clean either. It’s you and I and our ability to smile even when we don’t feel like it! That has more power to affect our home, workplace and anywhere we go today than anything else. When we start the day with a scowl and ornery attitude, it’s infectious and attacks everyone around us like some insidious disease. But, if we choose to put a smile on our face, even when we don’t feel like it, it’s incredible how a joyful attitude can affect everyone we meet. To be honest, there is nothing more powerful than a positive approach to life. If we could harness the power behind every smile, even Hoover Dam couldn’t compete.

But, does the ability to keep a positive attitude really get us out of the tough days; the ones that are real stinkers?

Here’s a story: Two frogs fell into a deep cream bowl. One was an optimistic soul; but the other took the gloomy view, “I’ll drown,” he cried, “and so will you.” So with a last despairing cry, he closed his eyes and said, “Goodbye.” But the other frog, who always wore a grin, said, “I can’t get out, but I’m not going to give in! I’ll swim around ‘till my strength is spent. For having tried, I’ll die content.” Bravely he swam until it would seem his struggles began to churn the cream. On the top of the butter at last he stopped and out of the bowl he happily hopped.” (Author unknown.) [Thanks to WIT and WISDOM (™) - August 31, 1999]

Being a doom and gloom person is a choice, not a circumstance. We choose to be down when we choose to believe that there is no alternative to being down. When life seems its gloomiest, that’s the time we ought to be filled with the most cheer. Cheer, a joyful heart, is the tool that God gives us to combat gloom. We can choose to pick that tool up or let it lay. It’s remarkable how keeping a joyful spirit, even when everybody and everything around us is negative, can chase away the gloom and open the door to the prison we put ourselves in when we choose to be grumpy. Who knows? With an attitude of joy, our sadness may only be a steppingstone to much better things to come.

We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for the detail you put into our design, such as our smiles. We don’t smile enough. Even if we are content and joyful in heart, our faces don't always show that. Please help us to smile more. If we smiled more, others would be captivated by our joy as well. Make us more intentional about smiling. We want others to see us smiling more, catching and sharing our joy, and stirred by our happiness. We pray for others who struggle with smiling. Inspire us and help us to smile more. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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