On Those Days When Smiling is a Group Effort

makemesmileRemember way back when…during a childhood rant and someone would try to force you to do something and you’d say, “Make me!”?

I do.

I think, if memory serves, that was one of my favorite childhood (childish?) responsive statements.

As an adult, I don’t say that anymore (but I sometimes think it.)

And most often, I feeling like saying it when I’m muddling around in a funk, overburdened by the problems of the world around me.

It’s almost like I’m getting dared to….smile.


However, I’ve found the remedy to sadness…yes, I have.

It’s called living in “day-tight compartments.”

It’s simple, it’s biblical, it works.

And without further explanation, let me share some of author David Jeremiah’s words on living happily, worry-free, in day-tight compartments.

The most widely-read book of the twentieth century on the subject of anxiety was Dale Carnegie’s How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, in which the famous self-help expert suggested thirty ways to overcome worry. Carnegie’s first rule was: “Live in day-tight compartments.” While we should plan for the future, we shouldn’t worry about what tomorrow may hold.

Carnegie said, “You and I are standing at this very second at the meeting place of two eternities: the vast past that has endured forever, and the future that is plunging on to the last syllable of recorded time. We can’t possibly live in either of those eternities…but, by trying to do so, we can wreck both our bodies and our minds. So let’s be content to live the only time we can possibly live: from now until bedtime.”

Just take life one day at a time, trusting God’s grace from sun up to sun down.

So…from now until bedtime…here’s to making the most of the time given us…these next twelve hours. 🙂


3 thoughts on “On Those Days When Smiling is a Group Effort

  1. Love it. May we all learn to compartmentalize our lives into manageable bits, instead of obsessing about the past we cannot change and the future we cannot predict. Good, biblical teaching….and yes, sometimes smiling really IS a group effort!

    1. Thanks Lisa. I was reminded yesterday of the cumulative effect of media today and how it is impossible to absorb the suffering worldwide…it’s just too much…so we have to not only compartmentalize our lives into managable bits (great phrase!) but we have to take regular disciplined breaks from media consumption (for our sanity) and to prevent becoming numb or paralyzed because we can’t ease the pain.

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