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This question hit me …
I suppose an argument could be made that that is fake, but is it? If we were to weigh on scales the amount of times we should show up with a smile vs. show up with sorrow, I believe the scale would tip toward smile.
But consider this: if I am a Christ-follower, a smile covering my sorrow isn’t fake, if it is Christ-like. A smile is contagious, so it is a powerful witness. A smile is visual proof that the joy of the Lord is my strength. A smile can turn my entire disposition strong, even if my soul is weak (a powerful rudder for the Heather-ship, says James 3:4-5).
A smile is part of God’s creation for my face–He wanted us to have this facial option. Since God smiles upon me (“May the Lord smile on you,” Numbers 6:25) I should smile.
But what about
the hidden sorrow
behind the smile?
How is God encouraging you today?
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