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

When I asked each Sunday how she was doing, a lady in my first pastorate, with the most downcast spirit imaginable, would begin going through a litany of things contributing to her misery. I determined to take another approach. The next Sunday, as she was coming out the door, I said to her, “Well, look at you, girl. Where did that spring in your step come from today?” At first, she looked shocked, but then 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 woe. The heart determines the attitude; never our circumstances.

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