Proverbs 17 – August 17

CC Image courtesy of Margaret Almon on Flickr.

CC Image courtesy of Margaret Almon on Flickr.

Proverbs 17
Author: T.J. Randers

As we have been reading through Proverbs this summer I have noticed that I can read the same chapter on different days and different verses will stand out based on what is going on in “life” at the time. Today, verse 22 of chapter 17 reminds me of an important lesson. The first half of that verse states: “A joyful heart is good medicine” or “A joyful heart causes good healing.” I try to remind myself when I wake up that I have a choice on what type of lens I want to use to look at things that day and I have found that on those days that I choose to look at things through a joyful lens or a joyful heart that I tend to handle situations better.

I recently read a book that really resonated with me. It is titled The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon. It reminded me that one of the things I have control over is my attitude. The bus driver on the Energy Bus is named Joy and her advice throughout the book reflects that. Someone told me once that the source of JOY is putting Jesus first, Others second, and Yourself third. That is very counter-culture, but if we want to be a people different from the world around us, this is absolutely a way to stand out – choose JOY each day! It isn’t easy, but it is a choice that we can make each day. If you choose JOY, you will be rewarded with the benefits of the “good medicine” it provides. I pray that each of you will choose JOY.

Psalm 118:24- “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it”.

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