A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
According to the Bible it is healthy to be merry, joyful or cheerful. Apparently, God desires this for us. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always come naturally. For children, cheerfulness sometimes needs to taught or modeled.
We will never be a perfect example of cheerfulness to our children, but we can do our best. We can intentionally choose to be cheerful as we start out our day. Of course, we will be attacked on every side: uncooperative kids, complaints, fighting, exhaustion, guilt. Some days we will be anything but cheerful, but that is what tomorrow is for. “His mercies are new every morning.”
By Sherrie Galloway (Children’s Pastor)