The Bible is constantly inviting us not to be gloomy.
Here are a few verses as examples:
This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.Pslam 118:24
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.Philippians 4:8
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!Psalm 43:5
Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.John 14:1
And there are many more as well.
The Lord is obviously wanting us to think positively about things. God wants to walk in confidence, with faith and with hope.
And one small step today is to be glad. The simple definition of glad is to be pleased or delighted.
We need to model this kind of life found in Christ.
Are you glad today?
Help students and children catch on to this concept by being glad to see them and interact with them. Share with them a loving and positive attitude about life. Whether it be in your own home, school, church or student ministry, every child should benefit from encounters with Christian adults. They need to be taught to live a glad life, not one with a gloomy outlook.
Our friends, neighbors, families, and coworkers also need to experience someone who is glad – delighted and thankful. We don’t have to sugarcoat tough realities or smile in the face of adversity, but we need to take delight in the Lord! We need to keep positive things in front. We know heaven is our home, we trust God’s promise to never leave us, and we know that all things will work out according to his plan.
We should cling to these promises – greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world and God can do more than we can ever ask or imagine. Our hope is in Him alone.
Don’t be gloomy today. You’re invited to be glad.
Take delight in the Lord,Psalm 37:4
and he will give you your heart’s desires.