A Merry Heart Works Like Medicine


A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.

~Proverbs 22:17, CSB


Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement: nothing can be accomplished without HOPE.

~Hellen Keller

When I moved my office a couple of years ago, I just put everything boxes and moved it but I still have not gone through all the boxes. I was looking for an old sermon the other day and I came across today’s blog. I have no idea when I wrote it but I thought it was too good to through in the trash. Of course, there is a good chance that I have posted it in something and just forgotten but since I can remember, here goes. Years ago, someone wrote in the Readers Digest that every person needs three things:

  1. Someone to love and to be loved in return.
  2. Something meaningful to do which is significance.
  3. Something to hope for or as I say, “Look forward to.”

You can take a man’s life by robbing him of his hope. When we lose hope, we turn to despair and then it is only a matter of time until despair moves from the soul to the body and eventually leads to death. You destroy a man’s hope and you destroy him. He may live a few years but some physical illness will attack his weakened immune system and bring about his physical death. Medical Science tells us that 75% of illness is self induced or what they call EII {Emotional Induced Illness}. In the old days, we used the term psychosomatic but it means the same thing. This does not mean that three out of four in the hospital are not really sick except in their mind. What it means is their physical ailment began as an emotional issue. The soul resides somewhere inside the body so it stands to reason, if the soul gets sick it will affect the entire body.

  • Got to rise early: Seth and I are going to Tuscaloosa this a.m. Nick wants to talk to me about something.
  • Got ready to plant my turnips yesterday morning and couldn’t find my seed. That made twice I had misplaced the seed so I had to get seed for the third time. I hope I can remember where I planted them. We had corn yesterday from the garden. First time ever that we have had corn in September.
  • Joe David put a Weather apt on my phone that is pretty accurate. I trust it more than the turkey’s on TV. According the apt, September will remain hot. The coolest day I seen on the long range forecast was 87* but I am not discouraged, fall is coming, LORD willing.

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