Monday, August 25, 2014

A Happy Face

Chuckle - Child's Prayer: "Dear God, we read that Thomas Edison made light. But in Sunday School they said you did it.  So I bet he stoled your idea." Sincerely, Donna
Quote:  “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”Anne Frank

   "A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health" (Proverbs 15:30 NLT). "A twinkle in the eye means joy in the heart, and good news makes you feel fit as a fiddle" (MSG).
When I stopped for a sandwich at a local SUBWAY store sometime back, the place was humming with a long line of customers waiting to be served.  Behind the counter was an attractive middle-aged lady with the most pleasant face I had seen in some time.  Her radiant smile, patience and kind words lifted the spirits of those standing in line.  She appeared totally happy and content as she rushed to fill the rapid-fire orders from hungry customers.  She made the whole experience one I will not soon forget.  I thought at the time, that's the demeanor each and every Christian should project.
Can others perceive that you are a Christian by just looking at you?  Does your countenance reveal the joy in your heart?  Do your words and actions reflect the love of Christ to those around you?  If you are living with an attitude of praise and thanksgiving to God, your actions will show it.  You know you are not alone as you walk through even the most difficult times of your life and that confidence in Gods never-ending presence fills you with feelings of joy, contentment, peace, and excitement that cannot be hidden.
When others see joy in your life, no doubt it will bring joy to the theirs.  Jesus said, "By this all men will know you are my disciples if you love one another" (John 13:35).  A person experiencing the real joy of Jesus Christ will love others and want to share that joy.  As you show that love, and others see you doing it, you are a living testimony of what Christ has done for you.
As the "good news" (gospel) of Jesus Christ brings joy to your heart and transforms your life, that same good news will bring the same results to others.   Good news is always a tonic for the body and soul.  People will know by your expressions of love and happy face that you are living in fellowship with God.
Love, Jerry & Dotse


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