Since I come from a family of eight children, I know the importance of being on-time when it is meal time, and when possible, being at the head of the line. In fact, eating is one of the few things I do well, so I do as much of it as I can.
This may be why I like what Solomon said in Proverbs 15:15: “a merry heart has a continual feast.” I’ve never been too concerned about eating a large meal; I would rather put the feed-sack on and “graze” all day long.
You don’t have to be a cardiologist to know that the health of your heart is a key factor in the health of your entire body; and Solomon knew that the attitude of your heart determines your perspective on life.
There is a direct connection in Scripture that links a healthy heart to the outcomes of your life. The key here is not the circumstances of life, but the Christ who died to give you life.
Notice the principles in the following verses:
• Psalm 13:5-6: Because I have trusted in Your mercy my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me.
• Psalm 27:14: Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!
• Proverbs 4:23: Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.
• Proverbs 14:30: A tranquil heart is life to the body, but jealousy is rottenness to the bones.
• Proverbs 16:23: The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.
• Proverbs 23:26: My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways
Are you living a life that is characterized by a robust faith, or is your spiritual health busted? In Proverbs 17:22, Solomon said: “A merry heart does good, like medicine.” If your life is all famine and no feast, you may need to get into God’s medicine cabinet and take a healthy dose of His Word.
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Interesting, the timing of your blog. I read an article yesterday about something the Buddhists and the Hindus called “unreasonable happiness.” In sort, we may not be able to choose how we feel, but we choose how we act, and according to the “alchemy of joy,” when we choose to act happy, even when feeling something differently inside, ultimately our insides come to match our outsides, and we “feel” the way we are acting. In AA, they called this “faking it until you make it.”
So this idea of the importance of a joyous heart seems to be central to a lot of different faiths/religions.
I tried this yesterday, choosing to be of good cheer and to smile and be polite even in traffic and when annoying people got in my way. Not only did it boost the energy of the entire day for everyone around me, but tiny little “coincidences” began to happen. Funny how that works.