What if I told you that you need a facelift? What? You say, I’m much too young for a facelift! But I’m not talking about a physical facelift, I’m talking about a spiritual facelift. I’m talking about your countenance. Countenance is the expression of the face which reveals the inner condition of the heart.
It really comes down to this simple question; do you smile a lot? For the Christian, the next question becomes; if not, why not? No one has more reasons to smile than we do.
I often ask myself the same question David did in Psalm 43:5. “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?” In other words, why am I feeling so down and discouraged? If the God who created the universe has forgiven me and loves me, why am I not smiling today?
Smiling is the ultimate facelift. Scientist reveal that smiling can boost your mood and even your immune system. Your body is more relaxed when you smile, which contributes to good health and a stronger immune system. Your body immediately releases endorphins when you smile, helping you to feel better and release stress.
Here’s an interesting fact about smiling. Babies are born with the ability to smile. Babies learn a lot of behaviors and sounds from watching the people around them, but scientists believe that all babies are born with the ability, since even blind babies smile. Babies start smiling in their sleep as soon as they’re born. That makes sense to me. Why shouldn’t babies smile? They don’t have a worry in the world, someone is always there to meet their every need, to constantly love and care for them.
It’s no different for us as children of God. That’s why the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites.’ Say to them: ‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you, and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.’”
Need a facelift? Look into the face of God and be blessed. Do you want to share Christ with your friends? Change your countenance. In so doing, someone will ask, “Why are you always smiling?” That’s when you share the Gospel.
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 43:5