(Proverbs 15:13 KJV) A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
The Declaration of Independence tells us that one of our God given rights is the pursuit of happiness. It does not guarantee that happiness, just that we can pursue it. As believers we point out the difference between happiness and joy. Here we see that the source of a “cheerful” (3190) “countenance” (face NASB) (6440) is found in a “merry” (joyful NASB) (8056) “heart” (3820).
“Joyful” the adjective comes from “rejoice” the verb. That makes sense. Rejoicing is both an attitude and a decision. We can have an attitude of rejoicing if we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts and minds. He can give us a different view of our day. You know that old cliche about not having problems but having opportunities. The Holy Spirit can turn that from a cliche to a reality. Check with Him on that. Today.
Then make the choice. Again and again make the choice. In baseball the batter needs to decide on each pitch if he is going to swing or not. His attitude is “home run.” The reality may be a base on balls. Each problems, or opportunity, approaches and we make a decision.
So? Start your day right. If breakfast is the most important part of the day for your body, why can’t we understand that the principle applies to our spirits also. Enjoy the morning. Live the day.