There are certain standards or norms we are expected to live by. At home or in school, we refer to them as rules. At the City, we enact and enforce laws or city ordinances. At church, these standards of conduct are called commandments.
I’ve noticed that a lot of these rules, laws and commandments focus on things we shouldn’t do; and I’m afraid all of us are guilty of breaking some of them on a regular basis. But I’d like to visit with you about one commandment we really need to work on. It’s one we seem to break all the time.
It’s found in the Bible in John 16:33, where we’re told to “Be of Good Cheer.” It doesn’t say to try and look on the bright side. It doesn’t tell us not to sweat the small stuff. It doesn’t use the words from The Lion King, telling us Hakuna Matata (no worries). It’s more than that. It goes beyond the message in that eighty’s song that always gets stuck in my head, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”
No matter what has happened, no matter how difficult the day has been, regardless of how many deadlines we’ve missed, we need to Be of Good Cheer. You all know people who embrace this charge. They’re the ones who light up a room, just be being there. You also probably know a few people who wander through life with a dark cloud over their head. Which do you want to be? Which makes this world a better place?
With all the challenges in life, it’s far too easy to focus on the negative and forget this great commandment. Remember, it’s not just a suggestion!Mayor David Ogden