By Barbara Lighthizer
Today's Scripture: Proverbs 15:30
Central Thought: What a difference a smile makes.
Mother was 92 years old when she came to live with me, and during this time several areas of my life caused me great concern. She could tell from my countenance when I was worried or hurting, and it made her sad. Realizing my depression was affecting her, I changed my attitude; I made it a point to come home from work with a smile and uplifting conversation. The difference in Mother was amazing. Her eyes sparkled, her face lit up, and there was a spring to her step. Maintaining a positive attitude was part of ministering to my mother.
The medical field reports that our view of life plays an important role in our physical and emotional well-being. An optimistic outlook is a safeguard against numerous diseases. Our health-conscious society is applying this principle without realizing these instructions are in the Bible.
Some days it's an effort to smile and keep our conversations uplifting, but the Lord emphasizes the significance of attitude by approaching this topic several times in Scripture. An optimistic outlook will make us feel better, and it will bring a song to the hearts of those who love us. We can extend this application by writing a note or making a telephone call to family members or friends we seldom see. The Lord can use our words to bring relief to a troubled heart.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me to remember that a smile and encouraging words can bring blessing to someone who is hurting.
Today's Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 2:12-3:39; John 13:1-30; Psalm 119:1-16; Proverbs 15:29-30