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1111th -- A Smiling Face


Whether we realize it or not our life's example speaks louder than any 
words can ever say. How we carry ourselves, how we treat those around us 
and how we interact with our fellow man really shows our character and we 
will either be looked upon with fondness or dismay depending on how we 
treated and interacted with those around us. We should always be quick to 
leave any situation better than it was before we arrived. With our words, 
acts and deeds we should lift up those who are downtrodden, we should 
impart an affirming and encouraging word to that one who is discouraged 
and with our countenance we should brighten up someone else's day and let 
them know that they are truly loved. It doesn't take much to change 
someone else's day for the better. A simple smile, a kind gesture, a 
welcoming word or a friendly hug can do so much to turn around someone's 
day and remind them that others do care for their well-being.

Our objective and mission in life is to be an example of God's love and to 
show them that goodness still exists within humanity. We should never act 
like the world does and only want for our own well-being. Our selfishness 
does nothing to bring about a better world, but when we esteem others 
higher than we esteem ourselves, we are doing so much to change this world 
for the better one person at a time. One thing we should always remember 
and keep in mind is that our life can start a ripple effect in the lives 
of others. When we do something kind for someone else without any motive 
behind it, they will also be encouraged to do the same for someone else 
and so on and so forth. Knowing that our life can be the catalyst to 
which the lives of multitudes can be changed for the better should give us 
that unction to take the initiative and do good for our fellow man. Let 
us be the example of hope and love that so many people need and with our 
simple life let us change the lives of multitudes. That is my prayer for us.

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see that you can 
make a difference in the lives of others by being an example of God's love.


I was in a local store the other day getting my furry, four-legged friends 
some food. It was a busy time of the day and instead of just running in 
and out I found myself behind three other people in the checkout line. I 
didn’t really mind, though, when I saw that one of my favorite cashiers was
on duty. This cashier always takes the time to give you a few kind words 
and a warm smile along with your change. There is no extra charge for the 
pleasantness, cheerfulness, and goodness she gives even though they are 
the most valuable things in the store.

As I was waiting to checkout I glanced at one of the magazines on the rack.
I noticed it had a female celebrity wearing a gem studded gown worth four 
times as much as my friendly cashier could make in a year. When I looked 
at it, however, I couldn’t help but think that nothing on that dress 
sparkled as brightly or shined as beautifully as that cashier’s joyful smile.

In this life everyone is our teacher. Some teach us how to live and some 
teach us how not to live. I think that both the celebrity and the cashier 
taught me the same thing that day. They both taught me that it is far less 
important how we dress up our lives and far more important how we live our 
lives. What use, after all, is an eighty thousand dollar evening gown that 
will be worn only once. A smile can be worn every single day and its uses 
are never ending. It can uplift a hurting heart. It can bring laughter to 
a weary soul. It can share the warm glow of friendship. It can reconnect 
us to the human family. It can show us just how beautiful life can be. It 
can remind us just how much God loves us, and it can open a window inside 
of us so that the light and joy of Heaven can enter.

Don’t spend too much time or money dressing up your life then. Spend your 
time living it instead. Remember the most beautiful things we can wear are 
a loving heart and a smiling face.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

James 1:22-25 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving
your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is 
like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth 
himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man 
he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth 
therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man 
shall be blessed in his deed.”

Philippians 2:5-7 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant,
and was made in the likeness of men.”

Psalm 34:11-15 “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the 
fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, 
that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from 
speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. 
The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto 
their cry.”

Psalm 37:3-6 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the 
land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and 
He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the 
LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring 
forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.”

Matthew 6:19-21 Jesus says,
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon 
earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through 
and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither 
moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor 
steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today's Selected Poem: ENRICHING THOUGHTS
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem157.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE OUR SIDE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony52.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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