Why are some Christians so gloomy?

I remember some time ago being challenged when Kel Willis — author, evangelist and director of Christian Growth Ministries — spoke at the church my husband was pastoring. He said, “If you are not enjoying the Christian life, you are not living the way God intended,” and “a gloomy Christian is a contradiction in terms.” It was quite a revelation to me that God wanted me to enjoy my life.

There are numerous reasons why God wants me to enjoy my life. It is an act of faith to enjoy my life and not worry about personal or world issues because I’m trusting God with the future. Enjoying my life is an attractive witness to those who are investigating the Christian life. Furthermore God is my heavenly Father who wants me to be happy, just like parents who want their young children to be happy and not worried about how the bills are going to be paid.