Practice Smiling

“A smile is a curve that sets a lot of things straight.” I will never forget Rick Warren sharing that he practices smiling in the rear view mirror on the way to church. After you read his story of his son’s mental illness and eventual suicide, you will understand why. I can only imagine the level of concern and stress that weighed down on Warren. The fact is that not many people naturally smile in public. I am one of those who don’t. My wife is one of those who do.

As Charles Spurgeon put it, instructing a group of seminary students on sermon delivery, “When you speak of heaven, let your face light up with a heavenly gleam. Let your eyes shine with reflected glory. And when you speak of hell–well, then your usual face will do.”

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