One day while watching Pastor Steven Furtick on TBN, he said, “If you’re happy and you know it – tell your face.” I thought what he said was so funny and so true that I decided to sing about it. Hope you enjoy the video.
I am dedicating this rendition to those of you (like me) who have serious faces. People have told me that I look “mean.” I agree with them although I don’t look “mean” intentionally. Sometimes I have other things on my mind and I don’t even realize my facial expression.
Some people just naturally look friendly and happy. I have to work at it. I have to remind myself to look pleasant and to smile more when I’m out and about. I know that I am not alone. Many people have this same issue. Can I get an AMEN? How do I know? I know because I observe people when I’m out and about.
Sometimes I visit a particular church. It’s a big church. Most of the people don’t know me and I don’t know them. I find it interesting that as people are walking through the parking lot to go into the church, they will walk right past each other without even smiling or simply saying, “good morning.” What’s up with that? We’re going in the same direction to worship God, yet we can’t even greet each other. I have also walked into the restroom and received neither a smile nor a good morning. As a result, I decided that I would be the initiator – I would smile and I would speak first. I’m trying to make it a habit. I don’t always feel like doing it, but at least I’m trying.
One day I was in Costco’s siting at a table waiting for my sisters to pay for their purchases. A man walked towards me. I asked myself, “Why is this man coming towards me? I don’t know him.” Yes, you all, I talk to myself and answer myself back. Anyway, he walked up to me and said, “Smile, you are gorgeous!”
Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather. I’m at the age where I feel like I am invisible to men. I was so shocked. I smiled and replied, “Thank you.” He then replied, “No, thank you! He then proceeded to walk out of the store.
Instead of saying “Thank you” I should have said “No, thank God” because I had nothing to do with how He created me. I’m His handiwork. Really, I was too shocked to say anything else.
The take away from my story:
Smile because you never know how your smile might bless and uplift someone.
My brother Sam is in a nursing home, recovering from a stroke. When I visit him I usually end up saying something funny. I don’t plan it; it just comes out of my mouth. It really blesses me when I say something that causes him to smile. It really makes my day.
Sometimes I wake up with a smile on my face because I wake up thinking and thanking God. I lie there for a few minutes, throwing Him kisses. I imagine Him smiling as He catches those kisses.
I’m sure you know the wonderful benefits of laughing. Do you know the wonderful benefits of smiling?
- Boost your mood. You can’t be happy and sad at the same time.
- Change your mindset when you’re in a bad situation. This can contribute to you finding other ways to successfully deal with that situation.
- Keep stress at bay. Stress plays a major role in heart conditions and hypertension.
- Are contagious. Ever notice how often a friend, colleague or complete stranger will reciprocate a smile after you share one?
- Make you more approachable. You come across as more likable and friendly.
- Through pain show strength. It takes a strong person to smile through pain.
- Can redirect your day toward adventure, possibility, and being carefree.
Meditating on the Word of God will help you smile more.
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:22 King James Version (KJV)
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. Proverbs 15:13, 15 (KJV)
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.
The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Psalm 126:2, 3 (KJV)
If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face and wear a smile,’ Job 9:27 New (NKJV).
At Sunday school they were teaching how God created everything, including human beings. Little Johnny seemed especially intent when they told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam’s ribs. Later in the week his mother noticed him lying down as though he were ill, and said, Johnny what is the matter? Little Johnny responded, “I have pain in my side. I think I’m going to have a wife.” –Author Unknown
Two boys were walking home from Sunday school after hearing a strong preaching on the devil. One said to the other, “What do you think about all this satan stuff?” The other boy replied, “Well, you know how Santa Claus turned out. It’s probably just your dad.” –Author Unknown
An elderly woman died last month. Having never married, she requested no male pallbearers. In her handwritten instructions for her memorial service, she wrote, “They wouldn’t take me out while I was alive, I don’t want them to take me out when I’m dead. – Author Unknown
One of my quests for 2017 is to encourage people (myself included) to do better (mentally, spiritually, and physically). I believe the best way to do this is by setting goals that you can live with for the rest of your life.
The Do Better challenge for this blog: SMILE MORE
Ways to do this include, but are not limited to:
- Write the word “Smile” on an index card. You’re painting a picture that your brain can see. If it visualizes something – it will aim to work toward it.
- Tape the index card to your bathroom or bedroom mirror. The bathroom mirror would probably be better because then everyone else who goes in there will also be encouraged to smile.
- Every time you look in that mirror, smile. Your brain doesn’t know the difference between what is real versus what is false. So smile whether you feel like it or not.
- Smile at a complete stranger at least once a day. Someone may think you’re strange and won’t smile back. They may even think you’re trying to get a date, but don’t let that stop you. If they refuse to smile back, it’s their loss. Just move on to the next person. Think of your smile as a two-fold good deed. You’ll feel good and you could also brighten someone’s day.
Did you achieve your goal? Ways to measure:
- Take a few minutes at the end of each day to write down your smiling experience for that day.
- Keep a calendar where you can check off or put a smiley face each day that you complete your daily goal. Keep doing this every day, and you’ll have a chain of days you’ve checked off.
Do this challenge for 2 weeks or until it becomes habit. Encourage someone to join you.
I can’t encourage you to do something that I’m not willing to do. So I’ll be taking this challenge beginning March. 1st.
When I sat down at the computer to begin this blog, I didn’t know what I was going to share. The only thing I knew for certain was that I wanted to share my song. Now I have to make myself stop typing. It’s like eating potato chips. Once you get started, it’s hard to stop.
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to view the video and read all the nuggets.
Bye for now.
Smile tho’ your heart is aching
Smile even tho’ it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
You’ll get by
If you smile
Thro’ your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shin-ing thro’ for you
Light up your face with gladness
Hide ev-‘ry trace of sadness
Altho’ a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time
You must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worth-while
If you just smile
— NAT KING COLE
Steven Furtick, Pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina
TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network)