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Cultivate A Cheerful Spirit
Many chaplains on both sides during the Civil War brought honor to the army chaplaincy by their inspiring messages and general high morale. One such chaplain is cited by ...

Cultivate a Cheerful Spirit

Many chaplains on both sides during the Civil War brought honor to the army chaplaincy by their inspiring messages and general high morale. One such chaplain is cited by Robertson in his book, Soldiers, Blue and Gray:

Comforting the homesick and sorrowful, as well as offering counsel of other kinds to individual soldiers, occupied much of a chaplain’s time. He was expected to perform individual therapy as well as group presentations. In January 1863, a New England soldier wrote in his diary: “Our chaplain made a speech to us on dress parade last night, and its subject was, Cultivate a Cheerful Spirit;” and it is just so. If a man makes the best of everything, he will be much happier than if he looks on the dark side all the time.

Anyone can be negative, but it takes a special person to cultivate a cheerful spirit. Learning to make the best of any situation is better than complaining. Paul learned the secret of cheerfulness by being content in whatever befell him.

We should limit our time with negative people and associate with positive, cheerful people. A positive atmosphere will cultivate a positive, pleasant attitude. Just as negativism has a negative effect on the lives of others, cheerfulness can have a positive effect on others.

The gospel, being good news, has a positive effect on others.

A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.

Proverbs 15:30


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