Sometimes we find ourselves going places where we have to put on a smile. I suppose the argument can be made that’s being fake. But may I offer a counterargument? If I am a Christ-follower, and there’s a smile veiling my sorrow, maybe it could mean I’m being Christ-like? A smile is contagious, so it is a powerful witness. A smile is a universal love-language, requiring no translation. A smile is visible proof that the joy of the Lord is my strength. A smile can turn my entire disposition strong, even if my soul is weak (James 3:4-5). A smile is part of God’s creation–He designed me with this facial option. Since God smiles upon me (Numbers 6:25) tho I let Him down, I can smile upon others, because I’m made in His image.  And what about the hidden sorrow behind the smile?  I validate it! That sorrow is REAL!  Psychologists (and more importantly, the Bible) say that some of us carry a tinge of sorrow our entire life. But take heart, we’re in good company.  The bible says Jesus was “a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.” (Isaiah 53:3).  I don’t consider myself a fake when there is sorrow behind my smile if it is reflecting Jesus Christ alive and well in my soul!  One caveat to hidden sorrow: make sure you don’t let it go unattended and cause you to isolate. Tend to it with Christian counseling (let me know if I can help you find one). And keep smiling.

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