Friday, April 22, 2011

The Ministry of a Smile

Did you know that you can contribute to both the health and the happiness of your family simply by developing the ministry of a smile??

There are actually three types of smiles:


This smile helps you fulfill the Biblical command to rejoice in all things.  (1 Thessalonians 5:16)  We should strive to smile in obedience to Christ, regardless of how we feel on the inside.  Often, if we put on a smile, our feelings will follow.  Try it and see!


This is simply encouraging those whom we encounter with a smile and a happy countenance.   Even if we've had a bad day, we shouldn't punish others by making them look at a sour face!

 "Joy is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of Christ." ~ William Vander Hoven


This has been defined as, "Expressing with my soul the joy of my spirit because of the work of God in my life." 

"Joy is proof to the world that God can fully satisfy the human heart."

(From The Power of True Success: How to Build Character in Your Life from The Institute for Basic Life Principles.)

Proverbs 17:22 -- "A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones."  (Amplified version)

Proverbs 15:13 -- "A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken."  (Amplified version)

Proverbs 15:15 -- "All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances]."  (Amplified version)

I want to encourage you to develop the ministry of a smile as you go about your duties in your home and and as you are out and about in your community.

Do you SMILE when you see your husband?  Debi Pearl, in her life-changing book, Created to be His Help Meet, says --- "God's will is for a wife to have a merry heart, a cheerful countenance and a glow that will refresh the most tired and stressed husband on the planet. . . . The day you stop smiling is the day you stop trying to make your marriage heavenly, and it is the first day heading to your divorce proceedings."

What about your children?  Do you SMILE at your children each and every day?  Years ago a wise mother exhorted me to give my children a "100 watt smile" the first time I saw them each morning . . . . and then again at other times during the day.  You want all of your children to feel that you are glad to see them and enjoy their presence!!

What about when you are out and about in the community -- at the bank, at the dry cleaners, at the grocery store, and yes, even at Wal-Mart!    Do you SMILE at the people who serve you, or do you grumble and complain over something that is not to your  satisfaction?

Try this:  the next time you go to Wal-Mart or the grocery store, take time to notice the faces of those you pass.  How many people do you encounter with a smile or even a pleasant expression on their faces?  Not many where I live.  Most of the people I pass look empty, sad, sullen, bitter, and hardened. Everyone seems to be impatient, irritated, and grumbling.  I confess that I sometimes feel impatient and irritated, too, when I have to wait in a long line at Wal-mart!  I sometimes give in to the temptation to grumble and complain!  But do you know what I try to do?  When it's my turn to check out, I love to SMILE brightly at the cashier and thank her for serving me.  I try to ask her about her day.  You can't believe what incredulous looks I receive!!  People are truly shocked if someone smiles and blesses them instead of complaining and reviling them!  I encourage you to try this yourself!  See what a difference a smile and a thoughtful word can make.  (Even if you are struggling with impatience yourself, it will improve your own attitude!)

Laverne -- a joyful Cracker Barrel employee

"Joy begins with thankfulness:  Thankfulness is how you think; joy is the abundance it produces." -- Debi Pearl


tlmalcolm said...

You are so right!! A smile is the best accessory we can wear!

Noel said...

So true! and I'm reminded of this every time we watch the Duggars. Debi Pearl wrote a wonderful book - it's been such a blessing to me :)

MamaAnt said...

What an encouraging post. I am afraid I haven't been all smiles of late with the sick tummy morning sickness feelings bubbling up instead. I do try though!

Thanks for the encouragement and reminder.

Jen said...

What a blessing this post is to me. It has convicted me a great deal. I have just started reading "Created to be his Help Meet". I know that I set the tone for my family. I need to show my smile more often.

Just this morning my son was with me for my weight watchers meeting. He smiled at everyone in line. I got so many compliments on his smile. It brightened so many this morning. Thank you again for this post!

Abby said...

Love this!!! :)

Briana said...

Great post! I need to get better at smiling at people when I'm out and about.

Anonymous said...

I am up in the night struggling with some health symptoms and stumbled upon your blog! How refreshing it is. And I LOVE this post. That may be just the medicine I need- to truly walk with that smile sincerely. Thank you for your encouragement. I LOVE your blog. I will be back to visit.

Jules said...

I have been so blessed by your post today. I was challenged on many levels, not the least the face I present to those around me. But I was also challenged to see my smile as a blessing too. That might seem like a strange thing to say but for years at my appraisals at work it would always come up about how shy I am around new people and how it takes time for me to feel confident talking to them and then without fail my head teacher or manager would say, "But all you need to do is smile at them and no one cares whether you talk or not." I used to think that was a bad thing (as in they couldn't find anything 'better' to say about me) but your post has challenged me to see it as a good thing and something that I can give to those I meet on a daily basis. So thank you, thank you, thank you.

Virginia (Jenny) said...

You know, I've always believed this but in the last couple of months, because I've gone through struggles, I let that go. I did see a difference in my family because of it. I need to order that book. Thank you for this post.

Virginia (mom to six)

Baby Blessings said...

That was a great post! I often need that reminder that a simple smile can make such a difference in the aura of my home.

Miu said...

Wow, what a great post!

I'll definitely try to smile more often!

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