16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
The kind of person you are rubs off on other people. What happens when you’re in a rotten mood at home? Hold a basketball in your left hand; hold a tennis ball on top of the basketball on the very top with your right hand. Now let the balls drop at the same time to the floor. If done correctly, the tennis ball will bounce off the basketball and fly into the air. The energy from the basketball influences the tennis ball. Let’s pretend the basketball is you in a really, really bad mood and the tennis ball is your brother who’s in a fine mood. Yet, then your brother starts hanging around with you. Your attitude will bounce off of you and change your brother’s attitude. Likewise, if you have a joyful attitude, you can be a good influence on a person who is grumpy or even sad.
Read aloud 1 Thessalonians 5:16. The Bible tells us to be joyful always. That’s part of living a God-centered life. When we’re joyful always, we’re a good influence on our family members, friends and classmates.
The good news is that you are not stuck with a bad or grumpy attitude. If you wake up with a bad attitude, you do not have to die a grump. Where do statements come from such as, “I can’t help it. It’s just my nature to be grumpy.” Who says? Would we say, “It’s just my nature to have a broken leg. I can’t do anything about it.” Of course not! If our body malfunctions, we get help. We should do the same with our hearts. We can seek aid for our sour attitudes. Jesus can change our hearts. He wants us to have a heart like His – be joyful. I like to change the word “joyful” just a little and say – be “JOY Filled.” May each of us be a good influence on others.
Dear Kind and Loving Father, help us to be like you in every way. If we wake in the morning without a joyful heart, may you help us change our attitude so that we can have a joyful influence on everyone we are near. We love you, God. Amen.