I don’t do New Year’s resolutions.
Despite our best intentions, they seldom work. And when I fall off the resolution bandwagon a few weeks into the new year, it discourages me and gets me frustrated and grumpy.
But there is one thing I plan on doing more of this year. It’s not a resolution. Just something I should be doing anyway, regardless of the calendar.
I read a devotional tonight with this passage from Proverbs 15:13: “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.”
I need to work on that. Oh, I am a happy guy, don’t get me wrong. But I do tend to get grumpy at times. Too many times. And for stupid reasons. Lori keeps telling me she is going to get me the “Grumpy is a way of life” t-shirt from Disney!
Proverbs says a happy heart makes a cheerful face. So the inner peace and happiness has an outward expression. A smile. Less frown lines? I like that. I like to look at people who smile often.
But heartache crushes the spirit.
Goodness knows there are enough problems in society and in our own lives that can be soul-crushing. And there’s nothing wrong with being despondent at times, especially when illness strikes, or a job goes away or a friend is having a rough patch. But enough heartache can lead to emotional or even physical problems and that does nothing to help either ourselves or others.
So this year, if you catch me smiling more, just know that I am trying to follow more closely the words of Proverbs. It’s not a resolution but a way of life.
As 2018 begins, I want you to know that I thoroughly enjoyed being Dayspring’s piano evangelist last year.
I take my ministry very seriously and work to make sure I have the hymns down pat each Sunday. I thank you for your great participation and singing. It makes my heart happy (Proverbs again) to hear the outward expression of praise to God.
I look forward to another year of music ministry.
Talk to me
One other thing: If you can play an instrument, talk to me about maybe joining the Dayspring band. If you like to sing, talk to me about being a vocalist on some of the songs this year.
I know there is a lot of talent at Dayspring so don’t hide your hide your lamp under a basket.
As Psalm 49:4 says: “I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.” And if there are any lyre players out there, I definitely want to talk to you!
Happy Chords and Happy New Year