Posts Tagged ‘joy’

A smile is one of the best evangelistic tools a Christian has.

Ironically, a believer’s refusal to smile is one of the Enemy’s best tools.

There is life or death in our smiles.

I’m not being overly dramatic.

I’m speaking biblically.

Hear King Solomon on the matter:

“Unfriendly people care only about themselves…” (Proverbs 18:1)

The last thing any Christian should want to communicate to others is an attitude of unfriendly selfishness.

For leaving that impression upon the non-Christian obliterates any kind of influence toward embracing the Gospel.

When you and I display a friendly attitude toward all whom we meet, there is the opportunity to build a bridge of influence, one plank of kindness and one smile at a time.

There’s no assurance, of course, that those we smile at will choose Christ as Savior

One thing is for sure, however,

If we are unfriendly, people will see that Christ has made no positive difference in our lives.

So why would they want anything to do with Christianity?

Be intentionally friendly.

All the time, if possible.

Even in the worst of times when parts of our lives aren’t going well, we can still smile at others because we know we’ve been blessed by God in many other ways.

Our smiles in the midst of our suffering will speak volumes of good to those watching us.

Most importantly, we can smile always because we know that God has an eternal smile waiting for us in heaven.

As always, I love you

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There is amazing power in your smile.

If you have a warm, smiling expression when you meet people, many of them will feel better in those moments.

Don’t we all like encountering someone who has a cheerful disposition?

Certainly much more than when we encounter sourpusses.

It was true in Bible days, as well.

Here is King Solomon’s thought on the topic:

“A cheerful look brings joy to the heart” (Proverbs 15:30)

Let your mind dwell on the anticipation of heaven and the present reality of God’s gracious, amazing love.

Think about that moment when you see God’s smile the first time.

With these in your brain, you’ll be more likely to wear a smile…. and paint one on somebody else’s face as well.

As always, I love you

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When God promises something, you can take it to the bank.

And, boy, am I glad He promises that joy can be mine if I’ll do two things.

“There is joy for those who deal justly with others and always do what is right.” (Psalm 106:3)

Deal justly by making choices that don’t seek to take advantage of others.

Do things the way that Jesus would approve of if He were standing right next to me.

Be fair.

Be Christlike.

This is not an intellectual challenge.

We almost always know what is fair and Christlike in the choices we face.

Instead, it is a challenge of selflessness, of humility, of faith.

When we put others first and pleasing God first, our Abba Father sends the Holy Spirit to fill us with something we can’t concoct ourselves — the peace of God.

It is that peace from on high that gives us joy down here below.

Even when others are not dealing justly with us and are not doing what is right.

I want to be filled with joy and God has shown me in Psalm 106 how that can happen.

It’s now up to me.

Let’s each seek joy by seeking first the Kingdom of God.

It’s the joy-full thing to do.

As always, I love you

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God loves you so much.

In fact, He’s thinking about you all the time.

How can He do so for you and for me and for the people at your church and for the missionary serving on the other side of the earth and even for the the spiritual skeptic who hasn’t yet embraced Christ, I don’t know exactly other than to say, “He’s God, that’s how.”

I was reminded of this amazing love as I read from the One-Year Bible this morning.

Here is a sliver of the love described in Psalm 139:

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!” (vv. 17-18)

When somebody says over the phone that they’ve been thinking about us lately, it’s encouraging.

If a random thought about us by a human makes us feel appreciated, then how much more should our hearts be stirred when the sovereign Creator of the Universe, the God of heaven, tells us that He thinks about us so many times that it can’t even be counted?

Listen, God believes that you’re VERY special even to the point of dedicating loads of his brain time to your life.

Please pursue godly living and service in the days ahead as a child who has the same peace and enthusiasm of a little kid who knows he or she has Daddy’s unconditional love for all the moments of his or her life.

You love seeing kids who know they’re loved. They smile a lot. Let’s show the world our smiling hearts.

As always, I love you

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Morning Devotion: Truly glad

I was reminded this morning that I have all the reason I’ll ever need in order to be “truly glad.”

And that was good news.

Who doesn’t want to be truly glad?

Against the backdrop of discouraging news about societal decay and news from loved ones about deteriorating health and the sadness of seeing friends’ marriages disintegrate, it’s easy to lose the feeling of being truly glad.

But God’s Word teaches that gladness is not to be determined by circumstances.

Rather, our being truly glad is to be based on a promise that has already been kept.

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

“So be truly glad.” (I Peter 1:3-6)

My goodness.

The Christian life is a series of temporary hassles permeated with the promise of eternal happiness.

I’m truly glad that my eternity will be characterized only by perfection and peace.

I pray that you’ll be truly glad as you anticipate the same priceless inheritance.

As always, I love you

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To hear this Morning Devotion, please click God is a front-row Daddy



Most every parent, grandparent or god-parent knows the joy of seeing his or her beloved child excel as part of a play or awards program at school or church.

It’s a time for cameras, a time for excited moms, a time for dads applauding other kids they don’t know and a time for your children to realize just how glad you are to have them in your family.

Yes, the certificates handed out by the principal will be lost over the years and the pictures of the kids singing or reciting or receiving a ribbon will be consigned to a box somewhere. But the foundation-deepening satisfaction of those moments will yield stronger relationships with the child for decades to follow.

This is how it was for my children. And this is how it was, or is, for any of you with children.

We LOVE it when our children say the right things at the right time when the spotlight is on them.

God feels the same way about us, of course.

When we say the right things at the right time when the spotlight is on us, it thrills His heart.

And when we “do Him proud” in the face of torment from those who want to see us fail, His joy is even greater.

Why? Because He sees that our desire to honor Him is greater than our desire to avoid hassles.

Please remember always that God is the perfect Daddy.

He always wants what is best for us.

He’s always on the front row with His “sees all” camera, His big smile and His Spirit’s whispering lips that repeat, “You can do it!”

And when you do honor Him by how you speak and how you act, He looks forward to the moment after you step from the stage of life and into His arms as He says, “Well done, thou good and faithful child of mine.”

Here is what triggered these thoughts this morning as I read from the One-Year Bible:

“My child, if your heart is wise, my own heart will rejoice!

“Everything in me will celebrate when you speak what is right” (Proverbs 23:15-16).

Even though Solomon was addressing his children when he wrote these words, I’m convinced that God used him to convey how the heavenly Father feels when His kids display wisdom in thought and speech.

I pray that you will hunger for wisdom so that your heart and soul might be filled with that which brings joy to God.

And I pray that your growth in wisdom will overflow into speech that not only comforts the hurting and guides the wandering, but also pleases the Father who created you and redeemed you.

Read the Bible daily with humility, my friend. There really is no better way to gain the wisdom that will bring joy and celebration to God and to yourself.

As always, I love you

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