STOP AND THINK – It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves. (Sydney J. Harris, late newspaper journalist)

Apparently, our self image greatly influences how we view other people and, perhaps, life in general. If we’re sad and pessimistic, we probably view life as sad and hard to cope with. Is Harris right when he concludes, “If you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others”? If so, we need a spiritual adjustment.

Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. . . . A cheerful heart is good medicine (Proverbs 12:25; 17:22).