Worry weighs us down;
a cheerful word picks us up.
How often do you ask someone how they are doing and the response is “busy” or “stressed”?
And what is your answer? “me too” or “not as busy as me” and then you list all the things you have to do.
This proverb is a gentle reminder that we are overwhelmed, busy, stressed about things that we are trying to control. But offering a cheerful word to someone who responds with “I’m stressed” or “busy!” is the kinder thing to do.
Practice doing that this week. Make your initial response when someone asks you how you are a cheerful word. Be a reminder to others that life is a beautiful thing and God created us for more than stress and busywork. (Matthew 6:25-34)