I LOVE to smile, even under my mask! And, I love it when other people smile back at me. I could be feeling super bad, but when I see a funny posting by a friend on social media or my hubby cracks a joke and my lips turn to a smile and my mood immediately changes.
God loves it when we take the time to stay positive and live in gratitude. He wants us to have a merry heart (Proverbs 17:22). It keeps us in a good mood and it does the body good. The day doesn’t even go the same way when we approach it with a smile and it keeps the devil in his place! He hates it when we choose happiness over bitterness. YAY!
I can’t count the number of times when I really was going through a trial but the Holy Spirit helped me smile at other people that I passed by. Sometimes I couldn’t help but smile at someone I ran across, I just felt compelled to smile at them. They smiled back and even greeted me. WOW! It so encouraged me and even gave me a chuckle. And at the same time, it gave me strength to go on with the day when I might have felt like giving up. That’s what I mean by a merry heart does the body good.
Our emotions whether happy or sad affects our physical bodies too. When you feel happy, you feel strong, exuberant, ready to take on the world. It all starts with a smile.
Don’t take something as small as a smile lightly. It is a powerful encouraging tool. I believe it really can change lives. Smiling sincerely might actually cause a person to re-consider suicide. I’m serious! I am a recipient of that.
God was not done with me and I can certainly step outside myself to give a big smile to the next person I pass on the street. It keeps my mind where it should be, on The Lord and not on my situation. The antidote to our own problems, I am convinced, is reaching out to someone else. Next time you’re out and about, try smiling at someone and don’t worry if they don’t reciprocate. They might think about it later on in the day and smile at someone they run across.
In the meantime, The Lord will be strengthening and blessing you as you reach out to others.