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Proverbs 15:30

I love Proverbs because there are a lot of hidden gems in this book of the Old Testament. This verse is one of my favourites.

So often we go through life looking for faults in others, or grumbles about the weather, or moans about this that or everything else; we donít have a mindset which is good.

And yet God created life to be lived. Jesus said ďI have come that you might have life and have life in all its fullnessĒ This verse from proverbs reminds us of that same truth. Life is to be enjoyed, where possible. The mindset we require is one of the smile. Our outward appearance can often encourage our inner frame of mind. Iíve certainly found that if I determine myself to enjoy something then I usually do. A smiling face makes me feel better, but also one of my smiles can make others feel better as well. How often does the demeanour of another person affect us? All the time! Treat others with a frown and youíll get one in return but give them a smile and most people will respond accordingly.

In the same way the sharing of good news lifts our spirits and encourages us. How often do we share the really good news of a God who loves and cares for other people. No other news can lift the spirits in quite the same way. Iíve spent this afternoon with a lady who is dying; she struggles to express herself, gets quite frustrated over her inability to speak and looks frail and sad. However, when the Bible is placed into her hands she clutches it to her chest, and today when I spoke to her about Jesus loving her, she smiled and relaxed. My sharing of the Good News of Jesus brought comfort and support to her.

And so the Proverb rings true; The Message Bible puts it this way ďA twinkle in the eye means joy in the heart, and good news makes you feel fit as a fiddle.Ē

My prayer for you this day is that you may truly have the twinkle in your eye, joy in your heart and feel good about yourself.

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