Smile! God Loves You!

"Smile! You're on Candid Camera!"

Does anyone else remember this decades-old television show? Hidden cameras would catch unsuspecting people living their daily lives and then do something strange to see how they would react. The caper usually ended with smiles and laughing both on camera and in the home audience.

God's love puts that smile on your face, doesn't it? When the sun is hiding behind the clouds and there's a sprinkle of rain in the air, it's the love of God that wipes the doldrums away. He is really the only reason we're able to smile, regardless of our circumstances.

But what happens if you take away the second sentence? It takes away the reason to smile completely. In fact, it makes it sound as though there is something deep down inside yourself that will help you smile.

"Just smile. No matter what else is going on. You can do it. Smile!"

We all know that's not how it works. You can't summon enough strength every day to plaster a silly grin on your face. It has nothing to do with you. It's all about that second line.

I don't know what you're going through today, but I know that God can put that smile firmly in place for you. It's not about the circumstances - it's about God's love.

So smile! There's no camera, but you can still rejoice in the Lord!

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