It has been a struggle to wake up my grandson Logan (5 years old) for pre-school these past few weeks and it seems like every morning he wakes up grumpy. So to counteract his grumpiness I have been singing him the song in this week’s title.
He usually shrugs or asks me politely not to sing it when he is not feeling “happy”, or just says “go away papa” not so politely. This morning I laid in his bed next to him after his Mom woke him up and sang it again. This time he used his legs to try and push me off the bed, so I thought maybe it’s time to come up with a new song.
I left his room to work on the computer when much to my surprise I hear him sing “blue skies are gonna come out, put on a happy face” standing right behind me with a very large smile on his face.
As we finish off our series “Contagious Community” it is important to remember that a positive attitude and faith is contagious no matter how often we exercise it to the sometimes chagrin of others. Sooner or later the sun will shine in others we interact with no matter how dark and overcast it looks today.
Same is true for us, even in the worst of trials, as echoed throughout scripture, we must look to that day when light overcomes darkness. Divorce, addiction, loss of loved ones, or a job or home, or constant financial troubles may be only a stepping stone to a much brighter day.
There’s a great comment in my Life Recovery Bible that encourages the contagious nature of joy:
“God not only wants to fill us, but he wants us to be so full of him that we overflow with his hope and joy. Then the redeeming effects of our faith and our recovery will naturally spread to our families, friends, workplaces and the community at large.”
In Ecclesiastes 7 it says, “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other” so, my thinking is let’s make the best out of both times since it is inevitable we will experience them both. And if others see that a little bump in the road doesn’t change who we are, our effect of the human race will be enormous.
Please give it a try, sing that song for a few consecutive days, see if it doesn’t make you want to put on a happy face! Ask Logan………..
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.