#641 - I Need to be More Cheerful
Volume 2 - Prayers to Love Our Neighbor
Dear Father, I'm a sad person. It has become my reputation. I'm sure that when people think of me, they think of that sad man or woman. I'm known for my tears. People wonder where my smile is. Do I even have one? My head hangs low. My shoulders droop. I sit by myself. Why do I do this? My life is not what I want it to be and I'm fixated on that. There are certain conditions I expect in my life to be happy. If I don't have such conditions, I am not happy. This has the smell of rebellion. I can't be happy in life unless I get what I want. Father, I can't be this way. I am a believer in Jesus Christ. I've been saved. I've been forgiven. I've been redeemed. I should be exuding joy. The fact that I go on day after day in sadness shows that my mind is not fixed on what He has done for me. My honor and my value are apparently based on the earthly situations I am in. Father, this is rebellion. The rebellion is even worse. I am teaching people, by my sadness, not to expect a life of joy in Christ. I am being a false teacher, conveying that earthly conditions supersede heavenly joy. Father, forgive me of my rebellion. May a genuine appreciation for what Christ did in my life flood cheer into my heart. May I be known as the man or woman who is perpetually smiling. May I set an example for others who are wallowing in sadness. Amen.
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