Cheerfulness

If you are anything like I am, I enjoy being around people who are of good cheer. Nothing can ruin your day more than being around a person who is always negative, critical, crabby, and down in the dumps about life in general.

Don’t misunderstand me. I realize every now and then we all have a not-so-good day. However, even during those times, we can still have the joy of the Lord in our hearts.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; and again, I say, rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4)

Prior to my retirement from the ministry, I had the privilege of pastoring a little girl whose name is Stacy Wilson. I recall when she was born, and as time went on, I watched her grow up to be a very fine young lady.

She married a great young man who is now working his way up in professional baseball. His name is Ben Klafczynski. I think you will hear more about Ben as time goes on.

Stacy was always a very cheerful young lady. I nicknamed her Goldie-Locks. She had blonde curly hair and a very happy smile. I looked forward to that smile, because it always brought to me cheerfulness in my life as her pastor.

Just a few weeks ago, I saw her once again. She is now an adult, but sure enough, she still has blonde curly hair and that big cheerful smile. She is one of those people who still make your day.

“It was only a glad, ‘Good morning,’

As she passed along the way,

But is spread the morning’s glory

Over the livelong day.”

— Charlotte Perry

Your smile could make another person’s day if you will remember to use it. If you don’t use it, you could very well loose it!

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” (Proverbs 17:22)

Think about it!

About the Author

George A. Hazlett is a retired minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He has written the weekly column, Think About it!, published weekly in Farm and Dairy for almost 28 years. He and his wife, Myrna, live in Hartville, Ohio. More Stories by George A. Hazlett

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