Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Choosing to Smile

Posted by Tracy Wainwright at 7:48 AM
I thought when I left adolescence behind, that I would also be leaving blemishes behind. Blemishes. You know, zits. I wasn't plagued greatly with them when I was a teenager, but I thought that they were isolated to that time in my life. Now that I'm in my mid-thirties I have decided to accept the fact that they are here to stay. I'm still not plagued greatly with them, but as far as I'm concerned, one is too many. I never thought God would use a silly little zit to reinforce a life lesson.

I have one of those pesky little critters right now and did my best to use coverup and foundation to, well, cover it up, for work yesterday. To my surprise, a volunteer came in and commented on how clear my skin was. "If only you knew," I thought. Also, she was on the other side when she walked in. But later I discovered why she might have missed what to me was a glaring imperfection on my face. I had smiled a greeting to her when she came in. Looking in a mirror a while later, I noticed that the offender was in a spot where it was hidden when I smiled. Which made me smile all the more. Oh, how our God is unique and wise and humorous!

The life lesson He reinforced is this: no matter what's going on, a smile can cover it up. That doesn't mean that we aren't real and we don't share our struggles and disappointments with others, but it means that we don't dwell on them. When things are exactly how we wish them to be, we can still choose to be positive, trust God, and focus on the good things. When we do so, the blemishes of life often disappear, or simply don't make as much of an impact on our lives.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Choosing to Smile

I thought when I left adolescence behind, that I would also be leaving blemishes behind. Blemishes. You know, zits. I wasn't plagued greatly with them when I was a teenager, but I thought that they were isolated to that time in my life. Now that I'm in my mid-thirties I have decided to accept the fact that they are here to stay. I'm still not plagued greatly with them, but as far as I'm concerned, one is too many. I never thought God would use a silly little zit to reinforce a life lesson.

I have one of those pesky little critters right now and did my best to use coverup and foundation to, well, cover it up, for work yesterday. To my surprise, a volunteer came in and commented on how clear my skin was. "If only you knew," I thought. Also, she was on the other side when she walked in. But later I discovered why she might have missed what to me was a glaring imperfection on my face. I had smiled a greeting to her when she came in. Looking in a mirror a while later, I noticed that the offender was in a spot where it was hidden when I smiled. Which made me smile all the more. Oh, how our God is unique and wise and humorous!

The life lesson He reinforced is this: no matter what's going on, a smile can cover it up. That doesn't mean that we aren't real and we don't share our struggles and disappointments with others, but it means that we don't dwell on them. When things are exactly how we wish them to be, we can still choose to be positive, trust God, and focus on the good things. When we do so, the blemishes of life often disappear, or simply don't make as much of an impact on our lives.

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