I heard something at church today that made me smile. The visiting preacher compared a whiny, sad person to being like Eeyore from Whiny the Pooh. I hadn’t thought of Eeyore for years-poor, sad, gloomy Eeyore.
I shook my head because I know some Eeyores. People who have everything they need to live a full, content life but don’t. And they don’t because they choose not to. You know them. You sit next to them to have conversation and quickly regret it. It is like a cloud surrounds them and if you get too close, you get enveloped into the grey matter.
And it isn’t that they don’t have a full life and a full heart; it is that their heart is full of wrong things.
The thing about a heart is once full; it doesn’t have room for anythings else. A heart full of gloom and sadness, anxiety and fear, or anger and bitterness doesn’t have room for joy or peace, kindness or patience, love or contentment.
A full heart is just that-full.
If we want room for the joy and peace that God wants to fill us with, we might just need to do a little cleaning out. A little getting rid of. God tells us to get rid of-anger, bitterness, rage, malice. He also tells us not to let unforgiveness stay in our heart and set up a root of bitterness. He knows we can’t have both. We have to choose. One or the other. And God never tells us to do anything that He Himself won’t empower us to do.
So let’s not be an Eeyore. Let’s choose light and life.