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I was watching Lord of the Rings this past week, and there was this wonderful scene where Frodo, the Hobbit, is discouraged because of all the adversity he was going through. As they sit deep in the Mines of Moria, Frodo says to Gandalf, “I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.” Gandalf says to him: “So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work, Frodo, than the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the ring. In which case you also were meant to have it, and that is an encouraging thought.” Frodo’s attitude changed when he realized that God’s hand was at work in his life, and that even the difficult circumstances could not deter God’s plan. To realize that is to experience joy. The Bible says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22). In fact, a positive attitude and cheerful spirit is better than any medication you can take.