Smile

"Don't let the world change your smile...let your smile change the world!"  Steve Gilliland   

 

The joy of learning something new...

The joy of learning something new...

The happiness of seeing someone you love... 

The happiness of seeing someone you love... 

The indulgence of eating that piece of cake...
The indulgence of eating that piece of cake...

Our smile is our calling card. People can instantly tell if we've had a bad day by what we wear on our faces. When my husband passed away, I thought I'd never smile again. Then one day, I was looking at myself in the mirror,, and I felt the Lord impress on me to smile. I tried it, and I looked pathetic. Actually, ghastly was a better word...but that impression wouldn't leave me, so I tried again, and again, and again...but I couldn't shake that feeling that God wanted me to practice smiling! I know that seems strange, but I really felt that way in my heart. So I kept at it. Every day, I'd spend two or three minutes smiling at myself in the mirror. I started to feel like Michael Jackson's "Man In The Mirror"...but I didn't quit. 

One day, after a couple of weeks of practice, I realized it didn't feel so unnatural anymore. It was starting to look and feel like my old smile was trying to come back. That gave me a little bit of hope, so I kept going with it.

Today, I still smile at myself in the mirror every day before I leave the house. It reminds me on those dark days when I thought I'd never smile again, but once again, God came through for me and delivered me from a life of despair.   I'm not saying this alone is what brought me through that horrible tragedy. But, it was  one step, among many others, in my journey toward wholeness. 

I have  never told this story before, but today seems like a good day to tell it. No matter the circumstance, if we let God in, He can heal it. Yes, there is a process, but that process goes much more smoothly with Him leading the way. I've tried it without Him and the results weren't pretty...

I learned through all that smiling (and, honestly, sometimes grimacing), that God can work with anything or anyone if we let just let go and let Him. So let go and smile today. Smile at your coworkers and watch them respond. Smile at a stranger and watch them smile back. And most importantly, smile at someone you love while the opportunity is here. Let them know you're glad to see them, even if they've left their socks on the living room floor.  Maybe you HAVE told them three hundred times not to do that, but does it really matter? It's just socks and it's just a floor. Be grateful for them and hug their neck today! God bless!'

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