Metaphorically, the most contagious pathogen on earth is a bad attitude, deeply entrenched in life experiences. Over time, the information Satan promulgates—best termed propaganda—tends to turn people into fearful, "negative Nellies." Understanding that negative attitudes are like leaven, quickly spreading …
At Cana, the wedding party (and the physical nation) had water for purification rites, but the wedding feast (and the nation) lacked the all-important wine.
How do we 'sharpen' another's countenance? Most importantly, the imagery implies proximity, closeness. Nothing can be sharpened unless there is contact.
David Maas, concluding the series on the W's and H's of meditation, focuses on a series of scriptures warning us to guard our hearts, bring every thought into captivity, and let no one take our crowns, emphasizing our responsibility to take charge of our thoughts, monitoring not only what goes into our minds, but proactively …
God has made it possible through His Spirit for us to be optimistic and happy even in a world that seems to be crumbling around us.
We become what we think about all day long, so ruminating on carnal thoughts brings death. Conversely, meditating on the right things leads to eternal life.
At the right time and in the right situation, laughter can indeed be the best medicine. David Maas explains how theraputic humor and merriment can be both physically and spiritually.