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Smile, it adds to your face value

January 29, 2020
By Roger Lemke , Pine Island Eagle

After his ordination, a woman came up to the newly ordained pastor and said: "It's a grand thing you are doing giving up the joys of life to serve the Lord." That woman's attitude reflects a commonly held belief that to be serious about one's faith all joy should be taken out of living and that faith will bring unwelcome disciplines that will crush our spirits.

How ironic that the Bible encourages us to "Rejoice before the Lord" (Phil. 4:4) and that the word "joy" or its variants is used more that 350 times in the Bible and yet far too many people think they should be saints with sour faces. Cheerfulness is contagious, but it seems like some folks have been vaccinated against the infection.

Therefore, let us learn, there is a face-lift we can perform ourselves that is guaranteed to improve our appearance.It's called a smile. Laughter is like changing a baby's diaper it solves a problem and makes things more acceptable for a while. Therefore, we need to learn to follow the advice of Proverbs 15:13: "A glad heart makes for a happy face." The only medicine that needs no prescription, has no unpleasant taste and costs no money is laughter. Remember, a dentist is the only person who is supposed to look down in the mouth!

Proverbs 17:22 reminds us that "a merry heart doeth good like medicine." Happiness and joy are inside jobs. He who laughs, lasts. It is impossible to smile on the outside without feeling better on the inside. As an anonymous writer put it:

"It was only a sunny smile,

But it scattered the night.

Though little it cost in giving,

It made the day worth living."

Roger Lemke is pastor of Fishers of Men Lutheran Church. The church is at 10360 Stringfellow Road. Call 239-283-1170 for service times and/or additional information.



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