I am reading Proverbs 15 this morning and I cannot get away from this verse, “All the days of the afflicted are bad, But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.” Selah. Our heart is our responsibility. How we choose to process situations, experiences or circumstances will affect our heart. How can I go to Mexico and meet some of the most fun, joyful, welcoming people in North America, but then I go to a wealthy neighborhood in the USA and they are distant, cold, and uninterested? It has nothing to do with being rich or poor, Mexican or American, it is about our view of life. It has nothing to do with economic status or country of birth it has to do with stewarding our heart.
I love how the Bible, especially the book of Proverbs is an invitation to identification. When you locate yourself honestly in a passage, if you don’t like what you see about yourself in what you read, then you have the power to change it. I know people who live afflicted lives because all the days are bad to them. Do they know this about themselves? If they read this verse and were honest with themselves they might. But I know others who have a cheerful heart, no matter their circumstances and they live with a continual feast. They are always generous with their words, time, actions, and their money. Only you know if you walk around like “Eyeore” and feel like all your days are bad or if you are like “Winnie the Pooh”, where everyday is a continual feast. The choice is yours.
Proverbs 15:30 says, “Bright eyes gladden the heart; Good news puts fat on the bones.” Jesus said in Matthew 6:21-23 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.” We get to choose whether we are having bad days or feast days, for even circumstantial bad days can become feast days if you can find the good news in them. Come on friends, even Eyeore cracks a smile when with Pooh and Tigger.