Never Down

joyI am by the grace of God a ‘happy camper’.  I love life and try to greet each new day with joy. Psalm 118:25 is sort of my morning mantra: “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

I was told there was an old mountaineer in Eastern Kentucky who was a positive soul. If you asked him how he was getting along, he would reply, “I’m never down! I’m up or just startin’ to get up.” I must admit I have been staggered and even knocked down a few times by events in my life, but like the old mountaineer, I’m up or just startin’ to get up.

I try to keep two scriptures in my mind;

  • “Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” (Nehemiah 8:10, NIV)
  • “The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” (Psalm 28:7, NIV)

I still remember a chorus from my church youth group and often its melody echoes through the corridors of my mind:

If you want joy, real joy, wonderful joy,
Let Jesus come into your heart.
If you want joy, real joy, wonderful joy,
Let Jesus come into your heart.
Your sins He’ll take away,
Your night He’ll turn to day.
Your heart He’ll make over anew
And then come into stay.
If you want joy, real joy, wonderful joy,
Let Jesus come into your heart.

If you have been staggered by events in your life, look to Jesus. He will lift your countenance and your spirits.

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
(James 4:10, NIV)

~ Brother Roy

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