Harry Perry was told he was dying of leukemia, so he threw in the towel and started to act as if life was over. He quit his job, ruled out marriage, spent thousands on treatments, drank heavily, and spent most of his time alone. He was waiting to die, but he might as well have been dead already. Harry’s life was empty, even though he wasn’t dead. As a matter of fact, he wasn’t even dying.
About 5 years after the initial diagnosis, another checkup showed that Harry did not have the disease. He has since then married, bought a home, and quit treatments. He feels great. Nothing has actually changed except Harry’s attitude. When he thought he was dying, he set a course of self-destruction. When he learned he wasn’t a victim of leukemia, he set a course of happy living.
The application to this story is that some of us may be physically alive; however, mentally dead, meaning our negative attitudes are quenching our spiritual joy. We if want joy and happiness, then we must change our attitudes.
John 15:7-11 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
"Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day" by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock