If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.~Colossians 3:1-2 (ESV)
Have you ever been so taken by someone’s smile? You know, the kind that lights up a room? I had the pleasure of seeing my friend beam from ear to ear only a few days after major brain surgery.
Yes, you read that correctly. Brain surgery.
And yet she still smiled.
There she was, beaming a radiant smile, singing Jesus’s praises at church, despite being in pain. My friend had been through tremendous discomfort and she had the scars to prove it, yet she insisted on giving God the glory. I am thankful for being able to worship collectively, so I could witness such a beautiful moment. When I looked at my friend’s radiant smile and heard her praises, I also rejoiced.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
Despite the trials my friend endured, she was quick to point to the heavens knowing that God would welcome her with open arms one day. She was loving life, and she was not afraid of the length or the brevity of her days because she knew she had eternal life through her Savior Jesus Christ.
Friend, brighten someone’s day today by giving them a smile. Then, look up, and rest assured that God has you in the palm of His hand.
The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?~Psalm 27:1 (NIV)
Share the impact a friend’s smile had on you.
Heavenly Father, thank You for every blessing You have bestowed upon me. I acknowledge every day is a gift from You. I choose to praise You in all circumstances.
In Your Son Jesus Christ’s precious name. Amen.
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