Be Happy

By Cheryl McCloud

Would you describe yourself as a happy person? More telling, would your family and friends describe you as a happy person?  What does your face say about how you're feeling?

Look at faces as you walk down the street. Look at coworkers around you. What does the face of the clerk checking your groceries tell you?

Even though we may not be aware of it, we're constantly making assumptions about people based on their expressions and body language. And they're making the same assumptions about us.

It was never anything I really thought about until I joined the dance team. While I'm not a jumping up and down screamer, I would say that I’m a contented, happy person. I didn't think that my face was sending a different message, but I rarely gave an ear-to-ear grin and when I was concentrating or focused, I looked rather grim.

Not exactly the message I wanted to send during praise and worship! (or any other time, for that matter!)

Psalm 150:1-2 tells us to "Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heaven! Praise Him for His mighty works; praise His unequaled greatness!"

Psalm 150:6 is even more blunt: "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

Praise calls for the EXPRESSION of admiration, to exalt Him. We can do that in so many ways: by dance, in words, by song, even by being silent in His presence.

But as any parent can tell you, facial expressions will tell you where the heart is. Rolling the eyes, giving a sour look, muttering under your breath, will tell others what you really think about what you're doing or feeling.

You may feel rather silly, but look in the mirror and see what your face is saying. Ask a friend to help you be more aware of what you're silently telling others.

Be happy ... and make sure your face is, too!