A Year of Smiles – Day 232


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A Year of Smiles – Day 226

Reason to SMILE #226: TRUTH

My SMILE today may seem a bit unusual and may not actually feel like a SMILE at all.  As I’ve been pondering recent events in our world, I couldn’t help but be reminded of a song I wrote many years ago.  My heart aches for our children and the world we have created for them.  My only solace is the Truth of God’s Word, the promises of His plan and surety of His control.  No matter what the situation around me, the foundation of God’s Truth on which I stand brings a peaceful SMILE to my soul.

I share the following with you in hopes that you will be inspired to make a difference in the world around you and to point the way to the TRUTH.

Fires burn across the land,

The smoke fills the skies.

Angry men shout out and scream;

Some break down and cry.


Children watch as people die;

They see the hate, the pain.

Their little eyes can’t believe

The suffering and the shame.


Is this the world we want to show our children?

Is this the place we want them to call home?

We tell them that we love them but don’t show them the same.

Is this the truth we want them to know?


I wrote these lyrics twenty-five years ago.  I was almost eighteen years old and had just watched news coverage of the Los Angeles Riots of 1992.  I was horrified as pictures of violence, hate, fear and desperation flashed before my eyes.  I was overwhelmed with uncertainty and fear even though I lived on the opposite side of the country.  I did not understand it all and I knew there were children and other young people trying to make sense of the chaos, as well.

I wondered what these children were learning from the situation.  What lessons about life were they gleaning?  Were they giving up all hope at that moment?  Was their innocence slipping away as disturbing images of humanity at its worst invaded their ideals of safety and security?  Were they resigning to believe that this was how life was supposed to be?  Were these children accepting the hate, violence and pride as their truth?

Now, twenty-five years later, we find ourselves seeing familiar images flash on our TV screens.  And I cannot help but wonder.  Where are those children who watched similar scenes so many years ago?  They are the adults of our world now.  Are they watching in horror as they did as a child?  Are they worried about their own children and the effect this situation will have on their young lives?  Are they outraged?  Are they scared?  Are they worried?  Or are they hitting the power button, shrugging their shoulders and walking away?  After all, that’s life.  That’s the truth of our existence and there’s nothing anyone can do about it….

Oh, my friends, there is hope.  We can redefine the truth that our world accepts today by pointing the way to THE TRUTH, Jesus Christ.  He is our only Way to healing, restoration and salvation.  He is our only Truth in the midst of the chaos and deception orchestrated by our enemy, the devil.  He is our only source of abundant Life, peace, hope and yes, SMILES.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a (NIV)

The road to Truth starts with Love.  Love starts with you and me.

Can a Smile Make a Difference?

We live in a dark, dark world filled with people living in hopelessness. These people long for love and happiness but are surrounded by hatred and sadness. They seek out peace and comfort but find only violence and fear. They dream of goodness and beauty in life but live in the midst of destruction and death. They resign to believe there is no hope in this world.

Oh, but don’t they know? There is a hope, and that hope is Jesus Christ. He gave His life for all the world because of His great love for each one of us. He conquered death and rose from the grave so we could be saved from the darkness of this world and look forward to the day when there will be no more pain, no more sorrow, no more tears and no more death. Don’t they know that Jesus offers His salvation and His love freely to everyone? Sadly, they do not.

Who will tell them of this great Love? Who will show them? “Not me,” you say. “I don’t know how.” Surely, you do. It is as easy as smiling. Say “hello” to your neighbor and let him know that you care. Offer a drink to the woman sitting on a park bench and let her know she is not alone. Wave a hand to the little girl peeking through her window and let her know that you see her. Share Jesus with your acts of kindness and see how quickly the darkness of our world fades.

Yes, the world is dark and we are all affected by its darkness. Our hope, however, is found in Jesus for only His comfort can bring Joy in the midst of sadness and sorrows (Psalm 94:19). Only His peace can calm our storms of anxiety and chaos (Philippians 4:6 – 7). Only His love can conquer our fears (1 John 4:18) and bring life to a dying world (John 3:16).

Will you share this Hope with someone today? Will you allow God’s Love to shine through you?

Go ahead. Smile, and watch God’s love change the world!