My friend, may I ask you a question? Is being a doom and gloom person a choice, not a circumstance? Do we choose to be down when we choose to believe that there is no alternative to being down? When life seems its gloomiest, is that the time we ought to be filled with the most cheer?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
What’s the most powerful force a work in your home today? No, it’s not Mr. Clean, the TV or Ajax Laundry detergent. It’s you and I! You and I, and the attitude that we adopt each day from morning until night, has more power to affect our households than any cleaner or TV related activity. When we start the day with a scowl and an ornery attitude, it’s infectious and attacks the entire household 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.)
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, Dear God, please give me strength when I am weak, love when I feel forsaken, courage when I am afraid, wisdom when I feel foolish, comfort when I am alone, hope when I feel rejected, and peace when I am in turmoil. When gloom is a temptation, give me the strength to keep trying, keep working, keep hoping, keep praying and keep believing. Send your Spirit to fill me with confidence when the devil tempts me to be weak, without hope and filled with gloom. In Jesus Name! 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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