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

Psalm 5:3

“Try Smiling”

(Please read 1 Peter 1:8-9)

October 8

Much of this letter by the apostle Peter deals with the persecutions and trial which Christians faced. He had just mentioned that many of them had already “had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials” (1:6, NIV). Even so, our text indicates that they were “filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” The reason for their joy was that they had reached the goal of the salvation of their souls.

We doubt that they went around all the time with long faces. Neither should we. There is a human tendency, of course, to dread the bad things we think may or will happen to us, even though Jesus himself taught us not to worry.

One way to combat worry is to follow Paul’s advice and pray, with thanksgiving, turning your anxiety over to the Lord (Philippians 4:6-7). Another helpful thing is suggested in this little poem we think you’ll enjoy:

TRY SMILING*

When the weather suits you not,
Try smiling.
When your coffee isn’t hot,
Try smiling.
When your neighbors don’t do right,
Or your relatives all fight,
Sure ‘tis hard, but then you might
Try smiling.
Doesn’t change the thing, of course –
Just smiling.
But it cannot make them worse –
Just smiling.
And it seems to help your case,
Brightens up a gloomy place,
Then, it sort o’ rests your face –
Just smiling.

-Author Unknown

*From The Best Loved Poems of the American People, copyright 1936.

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