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Rejoice! Wear a smile! (11/19/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

When we see individuals with a frown on their faces, what is our usual impression of these individuals? We may assume that these people are angry and have a scornful attitude about everything. We may believe that these people have no sense of humor and that laughing or smiling is sinful to them.

Are we happy inside if we exhibit a frownful, woebegone countenance? Can we read by glowworms? A sullen expression is almost always an indicator that something is troubling or disturbing us. Of course, there is a difference between being depressed and being chronically angry with everyone.

Can anything good come from an unhappy or angry looking countenance? Frown wearers usually project this message: "We are the ‘bah! humbug!' type."

We shouldn't presume that we are supposed to go through life with permanent smiles on our faces. All of us will experience some somber times during our lifetime, but we don't have to keep a sullen look for an indefinite period of time.

There are many reasons why people wear frowns - sometimes. Here are just a few: (1) Loss of a loved one, (2) Loss of a job, (3) Loss of a home because of a fire or storm, (4) Life has dealt them a poor hand, (5) Don't have much compared to everyone else, (6) Don't have a joyful life. John 10:10b, 15:11

What can we do to turn a frown into a smile? It would help if we first asked ourselves these two questions: "Why do these individuals display a grumpy countenance? Are they angry or depressed?" These individuals might be thinking this: "Hooey! What is there to smile about? The world stinks! God hasn't given me anything to smile about!"

We could give the scowlers a long list of things they could smile about, but here are just a few: (1) We can do all things. Philippians 4:13, (2) We can have absolute peace. Psalm 119:165, (3) All our needs are going to be met. Philippians 4:19, (4) We have the assurance of eternal life. John 3:16, (5) Jesus Christ died for all our sins. John 1:29, (6) We can know that we have eternal life. I John 5:13, etc. Yes, we can touch the hearts of the sourpusses and our enemies by being good ambassadors of Jesus Christ and being genuine and consistent in our walk. Matthew 5:44, Proverbs 16:7 With the love of Christ in our hearts, we can turn the frowners' frowns upside down. Proverbs 17:22 We will never change a frown with another frown.

We shouldn't use this excuse for not smiling: There is so much suffering and hatred in the world. God says that affliction will come, but be of good cheer. John 16:33

Yes, we can come up with numerous things that can put frowns upon our faces, but we should not allow these afflictions to obscure or conceal the endless blessings that we receive from God. If we are experiencing a miserable day, we should be mindful of the fact that our best friend (you know who) will see us through even our most difficult trial. Psalm 34:19 God's daily and eternal blessing far outweigh any hardship or physical discomfort that might inflict us. We can always find something to discourage us and put ourselves in a Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge pattern. Even though we have a severe, physical handicap, we can still smile in our affliction. Just ask Joni Eraekson Tada (a quadriplegic) and the thousands of others who are unable to function normally, yet they still love the Lord.

If we would consider all of God's blessings (especially eternal life), we would certainly have cause to rejoice and wear a smile. John 10:28

Ponder Job 9:27 


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