Have One and You Will Feel Better
By: Pastor Jim Schoon
Key Passage: Proverbs 17:22
"A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
When the doctor gives us a prescription for medicine, we expect it to make us feel
better. Whether it is a pain we are experiencing, discomfort, or some malady that
inhabits our body, we have high hopes the medication will help fight off whatever
“bug” is bugging us.
Our key passage is a wonderful verse tucked away in the book of Proverbs that
reminds us of some good medicine that will help us deal with daily life. That
advice is: have a cheerful heart…it is good medicine.
Considering the barriers we face in managing life, it is easy to experience a
crushed spirit…to be discouraged and disappointed to the point of feeling lethargic
and defeated. The writer describes it as a “crushed spirit,” one that “dries up the
bones.” To be sure, this is an awful place to be.
But a cheerful heart is an option for us. The verse implies that the good medicine
of a cheerful heart will pour life into us. It will be the medicine that lifts our
spirits, brings a smile to our faces, sparkle to our eyes, and peace in our hearts. A
cheerful heart will release endorphins and other pain blockers that will enable us to
enter each day with hope and expectation that we can face hardships, overcome
that which weighs us down, and make the most of the time we have. We can do
this and then rest in the knowledge we have been good stewards of time.
The resources of our faith enable us to have a cheerful heart. God is the Great
Physician and gives us what is necessary. We have a relationship to Jesus Christ.
God the Father gives us His resources. The Holy Spirit empowers us to face the
unpredictability of life. As we access the resources of God, the cheerful heart
emerges and the “good medicine” gives energy to our emotions, minds, and our
thinking. Our faith is strengthened, and we grow in our relationship to the Triune
God. May the Lord bless you today with a cheerful heart.
Prayer: Almighty and Everlasting God, I thank you for the life you have given
me and pray that you will give me a cheerful heart as we live this day together. I
do not know what today will bring, but I do know I want to handle it well. May
the cheerful heart be good medicine for a life that honors You. In Jesus’ name we