“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

“Give the World a Smile”

(Please read Proverbs 15:13)

April 16

Yesterday we suggested paying income taxes with a smile. Today let’s give some more thought to smiling.

Smiles are infectious; someone smiles at you and you’re likely to return that smile – even if you feel at the moment that you really don’t have anything to smile about. If your smile seems forced, better take time out and count a few of the innumerable blessings that are yours as a child of God. That exercise should cheer your heart and bring a smile to your face.

We all realize, of course, that many events cause times of sadness when smiles would be deceitful, but as a usual thing Christian happiness and hope outweigh the hard times in life. Let’s try, when at all possible, to look on the bright side. After all, the Bible declares that “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22, NIV).

Perhaps you recognize that our title today is also the title of an old song which for years was the theme song of several male quartets who sang daily on various radio stations and were affiliated with Stamps-Baxter Music and Printing Company of Dallas. Its chorus exhorted, in part: “Help to cheer the lone and sad/Help to make some pilgrim glad/Let your life so be that all the world may see/The joy of serving Jesus with a smile.” And that’s good advice.

May the Lord give you a happy heart which will show itself in a smile that brightens someone else’s life today.

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