Spreadable Smiles

by APC on April 22, 2015

There are days when we wake up late, scramble to get everything together before leaving the house, forget to let the dog out (and find lake Eerie on our kitchen floor), spill coffee on our favorite shirt, and on top of everything else, drop our technical device—shattering the screen… So, we might feel a little bit entitled to plastering a scowl on our face for the remainder of the day. Because, really—what’s there to smile about?

Depending on the source, it takes all of your face muscles (43) to frown, but only 17 of them to smile. If you’re exhausted from a stressful day, the worst thing you can do is frown—because that works more muscles and takes more energy, right?

Quite simply, what we show on the outside is what people see. As Christians, we’re called to be a witness to others about God’s greatness, presence, goodness, and blessings in our life. Therefore, we need to step back and think about how we look when we witness to others, and extend invitations to accompany us to the church house. Just imagine what someone thinks when we look at them with a scowl on our face and say, “You should want to be just like me—I’m one of those believers…” They’ll be right on board, right? Wrong.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16, KJV).

Shine in the Greek (lampó) means to give light, beam, and radiate brilliancy (literally or figuratively). We need to radiate the light and love of our Lord and Savior everywhere that we go. This is hard to do when we have a frown on our faces—in fact, we’re radiating the exact opposite! A smile can go a long way and help emulate the light, joy, and gladness that God’s Spirit (the Holy Ghost) brings to our life.

We don’t need to go out and spend money on teeth whiteners to bedazzle people with our smile. And, we don’t need to be concerned about plastering a fake smile on our faces when we don’t feel joyful on the inside.

Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: (I Peter 1:8, KJV).

When we have God’s presence in our life, we have all the joy that we need to put a constant smile on our face! It doesn’t matter what we go through or how we feel! We have a reason to smile because we have inner joy knowing Jesus is our Savior and that He’s with us each and every day.

We can’t always hide the situations that we’re in, but our witness becomes more effective when others around us see the trials we’re facing but also the accompanying smile day after day. Without even asking for others to join us in fellowship, they’ll be asking us what we have that they can experience too—the joy of Jesus is contagious if we just smile and shine!