Misery or Joy of the Lord?
I've heard it said by Christians that we aren't supposed to be having a good time here, that we have a mission and having a good time enjoying things takes us away from that.
We're to bring heaven to earth, how is not having a good time heavenly? Every Christian should be having a good time. That's what a relationship with Christ gives you in the depth of your heart, a happiness and joy that blows minds.
Your joy and exuberance that just escapes from all of your pores as you enjoy God's creation and where He has placed you on this earth is a testimony to those watching.
Sack cloth and ashes are for those in mourning, and a way to beg or cajole by those that don't have an intimate relationship with their Father, not for those that know Him intimately.
When I see a miserable Christian that preaches to others that to be a good Christian you have to be a miserable Christian, I sometimes wonder if they know the real Christ in Christian.