Proverbs 17:22 -NKJ - A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.
Another Version puts it this way - A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.
What is a Crushed Spirit?
Webster defines Crushed as to squeeze or force by pressure so as to alter or destroy structure.
Webster defines Spirit as temper or disposition of mind or outlook.
Hebrew word for crushed translates stricken.
Hebrew word for spirit translates mental acts.
So it could be translated stricken mental acts.
Webster defines cheerful as full of good spirits or conducive to cheer: likely to dispel gloom or worry.
Heart is defined as the central or innermost part.
Someone with a cheerful heart would be someone with good spirits in their innermost parts or mind within context of the verse.
Hebrew translates cheerful as joy or rejoicing.
Hebrew translates heart as inner man.
So this could translate to joy in the inner man.
These are the people that bring joy where they go. They are the ones that make you smile as soon as they walk up to you. They are the ones who take the days that give them lemons and make lemonade. These are the people who find the positive side to situations that happen in live.
The question is which of these defines us – crushed or merry? It is a choice we have each day and in each situation of life, so what is your choice going to be? I am planning on making lemonade instead of whining today. I am planning on laughing and smiling rather than being down and depressed. What about you today?
We will continue to talk about the idea of smiling and laughing this week.