“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).

When asked each Sunday how she was doing a woman from my first pastorate, with the most downcast spirit I had ever seen, would begin going through a litany of things contributing to her misery.  I determined to try another approach.  On one particular Sunday, I said to her as she was coming out the door, “Well, look at you, girl.  Where did that spring in your step come from today?”  She, at first, looked shocked but then she responded with a chuckle, “I don’t know but I have to admit, I do feel better today.”  I never heard from her lips again a single word of lament.  The heart determines the attitude; never our circumstances.

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