Think About It: Cheer up


With all that is taking place in our world today sometimes it is not always easy to cheer up. About the time you think things are going well suddenly out of nowhere the bottom falls out.

It does not help you when you are already discouraged and defeated to meet a person and within a few minutes they share with you their discouragements and defeats. I have often walked away from those people feeling like my problems are not too bad after all. As bad as I felt for them because of my own discouragement, I really did not offer them much help.

How can I honestly tell someone else to cheer up when I need to cheer up myself?

I have come to the conclusion that I cannot allow the circumstances of everyday to rule my joy in life. I must commit the things I cannot change to God.

“When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled and they cried out in fear, but straightway Jesus spoke unto them saying, be of good cheer it is I; be not afraid.” Matt 14:26-27.

“It is easy enough to be pleasant
When life flows by like a song
But the man worthwhile
Is the one who can smile
When everything goes dead wrong,
For the test of the heart is trouble
And it always comes with years,
And the smile that is worth
The praises of earth
Is the smile that shines through tears.”

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox

As difficult as it may be at times, we can still keep our hope and trust in God.

“In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” John 16:33.

I always enjoy being around people who laugh and are cheerful because they make me laugh and cheerful. When I am of good cheer, I feel better. Life looks better and is better.

My good friend if you are going through a dark valley today and something is dragging you down, do not let it continue to do so God loves you and He cares about you and remember: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine” Proverbs 17:22.

“A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business and is the countersign of friends.” — Anonymous.

Cheer up my friend, and have a good day.



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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.



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