Smiley Faces

Read: Philippians 4:4-9

In our world of texting and emails the smiley face 🙂 has become a nice way to communicate joy, laughter, and good feelings as we converse back and forth. Some of them are simple as the one above and others become quite elaborate. But I was reminded yesterday about how important it is to share those smiles on our faces as well.

I was having one of those days yesterday. Things just seemed to be piling up and nothing really seemed to be going particularly well. But there were three people in the course of my day who helped to brighten it and make me feel blessed. I did not know these people, I did not talk to these people, but their wonderful smile truly blessed me.

One of them was in a car, one was in a store, and another one was walking down a sidewalk. I don’t know why they smiled at me and perhaps it wasn’t even directed at me, but their joyful spirit reminded me that my difficult day was not my lot in life.

We are reminded often in the Bible that “the Joy of the Lord is our strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10). In Philippians 4 Paul proclaims that rejoicing is not only a way to bless our lives but a way to bless others as well. It brings peace and brings to mind things that are praiseworthy, pure, and good.

E. Stanley Jones once said, “When I met Christ, I felt that I had swallowed sunshine.” I think we know that, I think we have experienced that, but sometimes we need to remind our faces to show that. I am thankful for those three people yesterday who blessed me in that way.

I heard a popular song recently that had the lyrics, “I’ve been waiting to smile, been holding it in for a while.” My prayer for all of us this week is that we would let it out and not hold it in any longer. My prayer is that our physical smiles will outnumber our texted or emailed smiley faces.

You just never know how much of a blessing you might be if you walk around with a smile on your face and have a joyful spirit and attitude that backs up your smile. Not only will you be blessed, but you will bless others as well!

Make it personal: Here are several more short scriptures to help us make this personal this week…..
Psalm 51:12: “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation”
Jer. 15:16: “Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.”
1 John 1:4: “And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.”
James 1:2-4: “My brethren, count it all joy..”
1 Peter 1:8-9: “Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory…”

Have a joyful week filled with smiles,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church