STOP CARRYING FACE UP AND DOWN, SMILE!
There are some people, Christians especially, who it is just impossible to catch a smile lingering on their faces. Meeting them on a Sunday, Monday or Friday, there is no difference. It is like their face doesn’t even acknowledge the weekend.
You see them so much you begin to believe they have a quarrel with the world. They look sharp in their overpriced suits and pretty dresses but can’t afford the cheapest of accessories; a smile. If you have the kind of parents or aunt I have, then you can’t go brooding around the house like a dog who lost its puppy. Someone will tell you, “stop carrying face up and down, smile”.
Many of us underestimate the power of a charming smile or a hearty laugh. You go into a business meeting, leaving your smile in the drawer in your office, you come to the church you pastor with a frown as your mark of “seriousness and commitment”, you go for a comedy concert with a determination not to laugh irrespective of how funny the joke is, all the kids in your street are scared of the constant scowl on your face, babies look at you and spontaneously begin to cry, for goodness sake, are you the Grinch that stole Christmas?
If António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General whose ultimate human duty while in office is to prevent World War Three, can still be smiling, despite Donald Trump‘s and Kim Jong Un’s constant flirting with Nuclear Apocalypse, then I wonder why you just can’t muster a smile.
When the Bible said “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,” it wasn’t talking about a unattainable spiritual ideals. It wasn’t a case of “sour grapes”. A Spirit-filled Christian is supposed to show these fruits, beginning at love, then showing so much joy that it attracts unbelievers to his faith.
An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but a smile constantly on your face will keep the wrinkles away.