Have you ever known someone who was negative about everything? Aren’t they your favorite type person to be around?! You say, “Steven, you’ve gotta be kidding!” Well, actually I am. Who wants to be found running from the sunshine to stand under some old rain-cloud?!
Well, a pastor had a home-bound church member like that. She was always down and out. Nothing, to hear her to tell it, ever went right at all! He visited her one day, and chatted with her while she did some work on a pillow coverlet. She just kept on pouring out her negative, depressing tales of woe, just as always. When the old lady looked up from her work to look off into space with that poor pathetic expression of hers, the pastor said to her, “May I see that coverlet you’re working on?” “Why, yes,” she said, glad of his interest in her craft.
The pastor turned the coverlet inside out, displaying the tangled conglomeration of strings on the backside of the fabric. “This is a mess!” he said. “But pastor!” the old woman protested, “You’re looking at the wrong side!” Whereupon the pastor looked her straight in the eye and said, “Ma’am, that’s exactly what you do with life!”
This is a gentle reminder that God’s word gives us great counsel as always—counsel you would do well to heed—when it says, “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart, the spirit is broken” (Pr. 15:13). And again, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”
Give yourself and all those around you a big dose of joy. My, what a difference it makes!