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728th -- The Smiling Game


We should always be thankful for the many blessings that God has given us
and let our countenance reflect the joy, peace and love that is in our 
hearts. We should never allow this world to make us think negatively or 
tempt us to murmur and complain over the issues of life. If we had a scale
to measure the good as well as the bad, we would soon find that the good 
greatly outweighs the bad and would not even come close in comparison. We
must focus on our blessings and be quick to share the love that we have 
received from the Lord towards others that they may see the joy of the Lord
through our physical being. As ambassadors for Christ, we are called to 
lead all men to the simple truth that Jesus Christ loves them and died to
save them from their sins. Be encouraged to share the joy and peace that
God has given you with all those who need to be lifted up around you.

I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to be a living 
witness for the Lord Jesus Christ. Do all you can to share a word of 
encouragement, a sign of affirmation or simply a smile to let that one know
that it's not as bad as it seems.


It's been said that a smile is the lighting system of the face, the cooling
system of the head and the heating system of the heart. But a smile is also
a powerful weapon against toxic attitudes of all kinds.

Lisa Gurnsey, of Portland, Oregon, wrote to me about a man whose smile 
quite literally changed her life: “I was having a horrible day -- hating my
job, tired of the weather, tired of trying to keep up on bills, and just 
completely stressed out. I stopped at the post office in the morning and,
as I was entering, an older business man commented to me that it was going
to be a good day and life shouldn't be as bad as I make it look. I glared
at him and simply said, 'I wish it was Friday.'”

“I felt better about my day when I left the post office...that man's smile
and comment, although irritating at first, made me think.”

“The second time I ran into the man I went out of my way to say 'Happy 
Friday' to him and to smile. I saw him a few more times and always he was
cheery and 'made my day.'”

“I looked for him around Christmastime to give him a card and explain how
his kind words and smile that very first day made me regroup my thinking 
and realize I didn't have it so bad. But I have not seen him at the post 
office since then. I look every morning...I go at different times to see if
I can catch him. Maybe he retired, maybe he is ill. I think to myself, 'I
wish I had thanked him for being a kind person.' I can honestly say this 
man changed my life. I will work to spread that same feeling to those I see
in need of a smile.”

Speaker Josh Hinds makes this suggestion: “Play the smiling game in your 
daily life. See how many people you can get to smile back at you. Keep 
score and tally the results at the end of each day.”

That sounds like a game we can all play. The rules are simple. There are 
lots of winners. And who knows...you may even 'make' someone's day -- even
if that someone is you!

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Isaiah 61:1-3 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath 
anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind 
up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening 
of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of 
the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for 
ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of 
heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting 
of the LORD, that He might be glorified.”

Matthew 25:37-40 Jesus declares
“Then shall the righteous answer Him, 
saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and 
gave Thee drink? When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked,
and clothed Thee? Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto 
Thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye
have done it unto Me.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth
us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in
any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also 
aboundeth by Christ.”

1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved 
us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God
so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at 
any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is 
perfected in us.”

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

Today's Selected Poem: GOD WON'T ASK
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem38.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: RESCUED FROM DEPRESSION
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony37.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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