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Rev. Randy Crawford

'A cheerful heart is good medicine'

"When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face was precious to them." (Job 24:29)

When we smile, laugh or be cheerful, we feel better and those around us feel better or wonder what we are up to.

If you are down, feeling blue or just having a bad day, if you just find something to laugh at, read a humorous story, watch something funny, call someone who can cheer you up, you will be amazed at how your attitude changes. You will be amazed at how much better you feel.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine." (Proverbs 17:22)

"A happy heart makes the face cheerful." (Proverbs 15:13)

"A cheerful look brings joy to the heart." (Proverbs 15:30)

When Solomon penned those God-breathed proverbs, God was telling him it is OK to be happy, it is OK to laugh, it is OK to smile.

This is telling us that God has a wonderful sense of humor. If you don't believe that God has a sense of humor, just look in the mirror.

A smile costs nothing, but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but that she can be made rich by it.

A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and it is nature's best antidote for trouble.

Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.

Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as the one who has no more to give.

We as Christians have the greatest gift that has ever been given in the history of the world, the gift of salvation through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. With this gift we should be the most joyful people and let the world know that we have something that they need.

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

As Paul writes, we are to be joyful, prayerful and thankful all the time. This is the will of God for our lives. Let's keep smiling, laughing and being joyful.

It will be the best medicine we will ever find.

The Rev. Randy Crawford, pastor of First Church of the Nazarene, is one of several local pastors writing religion columns for THE DAILY. For more information, call Melanie Smith at 340-2468 on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

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