If any of you have ever watched Winnie the Pooh when you were younger, you know one certain donkey named Eeyore. This donkey walks around all day and is nothing but negative. Everything he says is mopey and no matter what people do to try and cheer him up he will stay the same way. Sometimes having Eeyore can be a real buzzkill.
Most of us have this Eeyore in our lives and some of us may even be an Eeyore. While Eeyore does have some good qualities and may be a good donkey if I got to know him, he doesn't seem like the kind of donkey I want to be around. As followers of Christ we need to know that we can have joy through whatever circumstance we are in, so we don't have to act like Eeyore.
1 Peter 1:6-7 says:
"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed."
When we hear "trials" and "grief" we usually don't think of joy, but we are shown that through God that we can have joy in our hardest circumstances. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could live this out every day. And when people see this they are going to want what we have. People always say that they want to be happy, but only we know exactly how to be happy. Jesus will give us a lasting joy instead of momentary happiness.
As Christians we should be more like another Winnie the Pooh character named Tigger. Tigger is always happy and trying to cheer people up. If we could all be like Tigger, we would show others how Jesus' love affects our lives and help them live a life just like that. So today, think about how you could be less like Eeyore and more like Tigger.
- ZACH LYONS