But I don’t feel like smiling. In fact today, I’d rather hide behind a frown than be obedient, than listen to common sense, than bless those around me. Well, that’s not good. Still, this is the picture to which I was drawn into like a Mary Popins drawing on the sidewalk. Let me just jump in. . .
Something in my “spirit self” claimed this as mine. I’m claiming it for you too, whether you feel like smiling or not. 😦
Truth with disobedience, creates pain and distance in the first personhood of God, then myself, then the people around me.
Obedience: My Smiles build God’s Kingdom. . .
*In my own body
*In the life of despair in another
*In the tired salesperson
*In my husband, that serves his daughters and wife faithfully
*Rewards a friend who drops nests at my door as I requested 🙂
*With recognition of the real mom behind the masquerade of this disease for my daughters
*By the bedside of a patient in the hosptial
*With a universal language, everyone receives the blessing from a smile
I was a melancholy kind of young girl. My dad dying when I was seven years old and an intense melancholy mom did not “help” things. God changed me as my purpose and personality emerged more fully. One year in helping a dear friend, Dee Alberty in Vacation Bible School, at the end of the week she blessed me with a poignant gift. She gave me the Proverbs Verse: 17:22 and she thanked me for my cheerful disposition every day. I was a little taken back at “how” she saw me. I was as “cheerful” blessing in her classroom? Cheerfulness, I still don’t think is my God-Given natural demeanor, but when we are working and serving for His Glory, He shines His Joy through our faces and countenances.
What miracles within Kingdom Workings. I may one day lose the ability to smile. The muscles may give way to weakness. Therefore, I will live everyday with my smile as a privilege granted to me that day, even if I have to smile through my tears. And if I do lose my facial smile, God will lead and I WILL find a way to communicate the joy in my heart.
So for today, my smile is the most profound thing I have to say.