"A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones." (Proverbs 17:22)
Happiness is subjective to our attitude. Those who sprinkle too much salt in their life will never taste the sugar. Not that salt is bad; a little salt is pleasing to the tongue, but a bucketful will make you gag. Pessimists are often irritated by optimists. The optimists are a like an annoying song that gets stuck in their head. But the optimists are happy whereas the pessimists are not, and that says something right there. Why are they being chided for seeing a rainbow in the rain? If they are happy, let them stay happy, and don't mock them for being so.
Some people seem determined to see only the bad. Their situation isn't bad enough so they shove their burnt food back in the oven so they can eat ash. "Many people are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed; they chew the bitter pill which they would not even know to be bitter if they had the sense to swallow it whole in a cup of patience and water." *
Joy is the best antidote for the dumps. Christians should be the loudest to sing in the rain. Even when we've lost everything, we still have God, and He is everything. But too often we forget and trudge in the mud of despair. Then the world sees it and wonders what advantage the Christian has.
It is good to be joyful most of the time, but sorrow has its place. Can there be joy in our sins? Can we rejoice in the darkness of the world? Can we laugh at death? It would not only be wrong, but downright sinful. Jesus Himself was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3). Yet this Man of sorrows was also a man of continual thanks (Matthew 15:36; 26:27, c.f. John 6:11). "There's a bright side to all things, and a good God everywhere. Somewhere or other in the worst flood of trouble, there always is a dry spot for contentment to get its foot on, and if there were not, it would learn to swim." **
*C.H. Spurgeon, The Complete John Ploughman: Combined Edition of John Ploughman's Talk and John Ploughman's Pictures (Christian Focus Publications, 2007), 40. **Ibid., 42.
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