Light up, with a smile

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Light up, with a smile
Mathilda Cronje

Attitude is probably one of the most important aspects of life which can make or break your day. Each of us has the opportunity to choose what attitude we are going to adopt and apply in our daily lives. This will significantly determine whether you will have a pleasant or unpleasant day. The beauty is that God has made it possible for us to embrace each day by choosing a positive attitude, to enjoy life, and live it to the fullest. He is the Creator of each day, and we are to rejoice and be glad every day.

It is such a joy to experience the morning sunshine at the break of each day; the fresh morning air, fresh dew on the grass, the sweet smell of flowers all around, hearing the songs of birds in the trees and seeing open blue skies. What huge blessings. We give thanks when God blesses the earth with rain, yet we are also glad to see the rainbow, which is the sign of God’s covenant that He will never again send a flood that will destroy all flesh (Genesis 9:12).

We must remember to enjoy the twinkle of bright stars at night and not miss out on the milky way covering the sky. We must not forget the moon that journeys on its way and listens to the rolling seas and waves that stroke the sand. We must remember to take long walks on the beach, pick up shells, and feel the refreshing spray on our skin.

Some years ago I went on a trip to America in April. It was the start of spring according to their calendar, and there were flags in front of almost every house saying Welcome Spring! People were excited and happy because it was spring. I asked myself how it was possible for people to be so happy and excited about spring because we do not experience it the same way in South Africa.

Although sadness will always be a part of our lives, we will still have many reasons to smile, and this transforms our world into a better place! So, I hope you can find joy in the little things of life - I cannot imagine life without laughter, could you? Even a giggle is good enough for me. William Thackeray is quoted as saying, 'A good laugh is a burst of sunshine in a house.'

Being joyful is a lifestyle, and one must practice and conscientiously choose to live that way. Even if you sometimes fail to live joyfully, keep on trying and remind yourself to take God at His Word and be glad and rejoice. Surround yourself with people whose lives are filled with joy, laughter, smiling, and rejoicing. Pursue happiness and make laughter a part of your life. If need be, go and stand in front of the mirror and pull funny faces at yourself, and laugh. Allow joy to fill your heart so that you will always rejoice, even in adverse circumstances. It brings a kind of freedom into your life and the lives of those around you.

Philippians 4:4 (NKJV)
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! ’
Being joyful and rejoicing does not make you less of a serious person, only less of grumpy one! It makes you someone that vibrantly expresses thankfulness and lives.

It wasn’t a case of me being born with a spirit of joy and of laughter - my mother told me that when I was a baby, it took quite some time to smile for the first time. It was only at the age of five that real laughter became part of my life and person. Now I love to laugh.
When I met my husband, everybody saw the joy in me and knew that I was in love because my happiness was now overflowing. Today my heart still swells with joy and happiness when I think of my husband, of my children, and of my grandchildren - as a matter of fact, when I think of all my family and friends. Strangely enough, this also applies to chocolate!
But way above anything else, I am most glad that Jesus is in my life. That is the whole reason for my happiness, the joy within me, the ability to laugh, to smile, and to rejoice. I can honestly testify that ‘The joy of the Lord is [my] strength and stronghold’ (Nehemiah 8:10, AMPC).
Proverbs 17:22 (AMPC)
‘A happy heart is a good medicine, and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.’
Proverbs 16:20 (NKJV)
'He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.’
Psalm 146:5 (NKJV
‘Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord His God.’

Isn’t it amazing that when Mary, pregnant with Jesus greeted Elizabeth, the baby in Elizabeth’s womb leaped for joy? (Luke 1:44)
Joy also exists in heaven. Jesus gives us the wonderful news in Luke 15:10 (NIV) that ‘In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.’

My prayer is that we will always be thankful for Jesus. May we praise Him because He is the Truth. May His joy and delight be alive in us, and may our joy and gladness be of full measure' complete and overflowing (see John 15:11). May our hearts be filled with the joy of the Lord and let laughter fill our mouths.
I challenge you to make someone smile every day.

I leave you with the words of Nat King Cole’s song, ‘Smile.’
Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it's breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll see the sun come shining through for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although 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 worthwhile
If you smile
That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you smile

Comments 1

  1. What a delightful piece of writing just in time for “Thanksgiving” A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love – Mother Teresa

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