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Today’s slice of the bread of life, the Word of God, is John 16:33:
Jesus told his disciples: these things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. in the world ye shall have tribulation; but, be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
The title of today’s message is Let’s be a Cheerful Ministry.
Which reminds me: I have started watching for “cheerful signs.” Take notice of them. Here are a few I have collected:
On a fence: “Salesmen welcome. Dog food is expensive.”
On the front of a muffler shop: “No appointment necessary, we heard you coming.”
At the veterinarian waiting room: “Be back in 5 minutes. Sit, Stay.”
At an optometrist’s office: “If you don’t see what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.”
On an electrician’s truck: “Let us remove your shorts.”
O.K. I know; I’m silly. But you know we do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.
In fact, I have, over my fireplace mantle, a pencil sketch of Christ – laughing and full of joy. To me it is a side of Jesus that I don’t hear about often enough. Jesus is, for my wife and me, the author of our joy.
That picture, however, has gotten mixed reactions through the years. His eyes squinting from laughter are just too much for some people to handle. They think that Jesus lived every moment of his life serious and solemn.
I don’t agree with that. If he hadn’t had joyful times the children would have never come to him so readily while they were playing. And I imagine Jesus smiling ear to ear just watching them play. I believe it was his joy to put those children at ease and cause them all to want to be near him.
Speaking of joy and cheerfulness: do you know that even in times of tribulation, JOY doesn’t have to leave you? Jesus said it is possible to be in peace and of good cheer, even in the midst of troubles, because He has overcome the world.
I heard someone say that the key to being successful doesn’t depend on what you’ve been dealt in life, but how you deal with what is dealt to you. Another way to put that is: your reaction to the trouble is what is going to determine your success in life.
I like what the evangelist, Jessie Duplantis, said:
When trouble comes in my life, I say to the devil, “You idiot! You’ve just proved the word of god is true! And if this part is true, then it all is true! So, devil, get ready, because I’m going to blast your plans for my defeat.”
Friends, in order to keep your joy, you must major on the promise – and not the problem…