Smiles are contagious. When is the last time you smiled at someone and got nothing back?
People smile when they’re happy, but it also works the other way. Hold a pencil sideways between you lips, flexing the same muscles you would to smile, and it will affect your brain chemistry improving your mood. Don’t use your teeth; that flexes the facial muscles used to frown, and your mood will worsen.
Perhaps your e-mail reply was accidentally sent to “replay all.” Maybe you just pushed 3 times on a door labeled “pull.” Have you ever loudly corrected someone, only to find out 10 seconds later you were wrong? Smile, God still loves you.
But sometimes… You walk into Burger King and then find out it’s free french fry day! Instead of stealing your money the vending machine drops two candy bars! Maybe you just saw this or someone email you this. James 1 says “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.” What he means to say is “Smile, God loves you.”
Most days get lumped into the category of ordinary. Some days we are so richly blessed beyond measure we actually realize it. And, let’s be honest, some days are crap. So maybe you dropped your ice cream cone; some kids have never seen an ice cream cone. Maybe it rained on your parade; some countries pray every day for rain and it still doesn’t. If you feel bad about not having shoes, just wait ’till you meet a guy with no feet. Your crappy day is probably still better than somebody’s every day. Smile, God loves you.
What better reason could there be? Who among us is lovable? (Pause; think about that before you answer. Consider all that God sees, including in the mind and heart. Who among us is lovable?) And yet, God loves you.
Smile. Smile at people that don’t deserve it. Smile because it makes other people smile. There’s a whole psychology about how to use smiles to your advantage. Shame on you; but smile anyway.
My Other Blog is now SMILE God Loves You. Jesus was about to be tried, falsely convicted, beaten, then crucified. And among his last words to his followers were “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11 ESV) We focus on everything bad that happened that week, but Jesus was focused on the joy that was set before him; and he wanted us to share in that. I will post all the things here that make me smile, and every single one is a gift. From God. He said so.
It takes fewer muscles to smile than frown.
When you smile, the whole world smiles with you.
And when people ask why you’re smiling…
tell them God loves them too.