Wednesday, August 1, 2012

JOY: A Continual Feast

"All the days of the poor are hard, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast."
(Proverbs 15:15)

I will not presume to know what it's like to be poor.  There are people who come to my church office in need of financial assistance.  Many of them would probably qualify for "poor status."  I've also had the privilege of traveling to the Philippines with Compassion International and have met some very poor people.  I have no doubt that they live hard & difficult lives, in many ways.

But Proverbs 15:15 reminds met hat there's a greater "wealth" available to all - especially the poor... and that's a "cheerful heart."  The author says that a cheerful heart is a continual feast.  I can honestly say that some of the most cheerful & joyful people I've met were the extremely poor in the Philippines.  Those connected to Compassion projects, who had the support of a home church, and knew the blessings that God bestows daily, were radiant in their spirit!  Truly!

I know a lot of people who could use a "continual feast " of joy & cheer - no matter how much money they have.  There's a well-spring available to us... if only our heart will be in the right place. 

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