Merry Heart Sundays

Ann H Gabhart Ann's Posts, One Writer's Journal 2 Comments

keyboardA merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones. (Proverbs 17:22 NKJ)

Usually when I repeat the above Bible verse, I just say the first part of the verse. I like thinking about the good medicine of smiles and laughter, but it’s not as good thinking about those with broken spirits and sadness in their hearts. I did use that last part of the verse in my second Hollyhill book, Orchard of Hope. Early in the story, Wes is struggling with his leg injury and feeling some of those broken spirit moments. I have him remembering that verse. In that book, we do find out more of Wes’s story and eventually joy comes to call on him.

But sometimes it’s hard to hold onto that merry heart when things in life aren’t going so well or at least in the way we wish. And yet, often many do find a way, with the Lord’s help, to keep smiling or at least not lose their smiles completely no matter the life road they are walking.

Nobody needs a smile so much as the one who has none to give. So get used to smiling heart-warming smiles, and you will spread sunshine in a sometimes dreary world. – (Lawrence G. Lovasik)

Smiles have a way of brightening our world. I do a regular feature, Friday smiles, on my Facebook page.  Sometimes it’s a challenge to come up with something funny, but those who follow the page look forward to seeing if I can make them smile on Fridays. Some of the jokes I post are pretty corny, but still fun.

But who says we can only smile on Fridays? Nobody. And I certainly hope you smile all through your week, but tonight I’m posting a Sunday funny or two. If you have a computer and if you have worked with Windows, some of this is sure to make you nod and maybe smile. Newer operating systems don’t seem to give you the “blue screen of death” as often and thank goodness, someone finally reworded that “Fatal Error” warning. When that came up, I always wanted to hide under my desk. But plenty of glitches still happen with computers, so I think you’ll enjoy the following.

At an expo, Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated: “If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving twenty-five dollar cars that got one thousand miles to the gallon.”

In response to Bill’s comments, General Motors issued a press release stating: if GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

1. For no reason whatsoever your car would crash twice a on laptop

2. Every time they painted the lines on the road you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn, would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to re-install the engine.

4. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast, and twice as easy to drive, but would only run on five percent of the roads.

5. New seats would force everyone to have the same size butt.

6. Occasionally for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key, and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

7. GM would require all car buyers to also purchase a deluxe set of Rand McNally road maps (now a GM subsidiary), even though they neither need them nor want them. Attempting to delete this option would immediately cause the car’s performance to diminish by 50 percent or more. Moreover, GM would become a target for investigation by the Justice Dept.

8. Every time GM introduced a new model, car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

9. You’d press the “start” button to shut off the engine.


Funny, my new car has a start button I push to shut off the engine. Hope you have plenty of reason to smile and can share your merry heart medicine with those you meet along the road of life.

Comments 2

  1. Nancy

    Boy, I like this column today! Computers in every home has created a very false sense of need in humans now. We put up with so much trouble from these computers, and bite the bullet and purchase newer models, software, and gadgets we neither really, REALLY need, nor want.

    Technology is a greedy business.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Glad you liked the post, Nancy. But I have to admit I depend on my computer when I’m writing. It would be hard to go back to typewriters. 🙂

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