A muddle of negative thoughts run through my mind!
'Life' grabs hold of me so quickly!
Thursday's face: angry!
Angry at the kids, my husband, the whole family!
But, I should really be angry with 'Me'.
Friday? Do we see a 'glimmer of sunshine' face?
Well...it's nearing the weekend; gotta get back
Into practice for church on Sunday!
Saturday - 'Happy Faces!'
I am all ready for Sunday.
How many 'faces' does the church see?
Only one - The 'smiley Christian' one.
The Sunday face.
I penned this having thought about the type of faces that I have as a Christian, and quite startled and saddened by the discovery. This has led me to write further on this poem, which I hope will challenge all of us who read it.
Life is filled with a variety of emotions, but many of them we manage to hide behind a veneer. On Sunday, we go to church and put on the 'smiley' faces and greet everyone with, 'Yes, I'm fine!' In reality, we are suffering all sorts of emotions underneath!
I don't mean that we should go to church with a 'scowl' on our faces or go 'angry' but putting up a 'front' is not necessarily right either. We cease to be real people.
When all our brothers and sisters in Christ see just the one 'face' week after week, how can we be encouraged for all the things underneath that concern us, anger us, cause us grief? We NEED to be able to encourage and be encouraged, to listen and be listeners too. A Sunday smile is fine, but we are REAL people with REAL everyday needs and we are to pray for one another and build each other up and support others too.
Jesus must have encountered many types of faces whilst He walked this earth.
What about the woman at the well? Would she have looked 'sad' which drew Jesus' attention to her, and was able to share 'living water' with her?
Or, Bartimaeus, as he cried loudly after Jesus, to heal him from his blindness? Would his face not have shown a desperate, pleading look or maybe, even one of determination that he was going to be healed?
Peter walked on the water, but when he took his eyes off Jesus, I can imagine the terrified look on his face, as he started to sink!
Judas Iscariot might just have had the face of a 'hard man' when He betrayed Jesus.
Oh yes, Jesus would have seen all these different faces and read each one of them, as He does with us today.
The most important face that we need to look into daily, is the 'face' of Jesus. take our eyes off Him and we run up a myriad of 'faces' to wear each day!
We need to commune with Him, ask Him to guide us daily and allow Him to DO SO, and to take our concerns to Him and leave them at His feet.
The more we do this, the more we will find that our 'Sunday smiley face' becomes real and that we wear it far more than just on a Sunday.
Whatever our circumstances, if we can fix our eyes on Jesus, we can have a 'smiley' 'loving' and 'kind' face for Jesus EVERYDAY!
Psalm 43:5, 'Why are you so downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God...
Philippians 4:6, 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.'
1 Thessalonians 5:16, 'Be joyful always; pray continuously; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you.'
2 Timothy 2:23, 'Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.'
Angela, what a great reminder that the Lord looks on our heart and that in order to minister in His name, we must reach out with His heart, even to others who "look as if everything is just fine". GREAT POEM -- I just loved it! Excellent article!
"gettin' real" Debbie
This reminds me of something our fomer Pastor used to talk about. He called the church parking lot, "The Magical Parking Lot" for this very reason. Seems we could be distressed all week long, and even be in the middle of an argument with our spouse or children on the way to church; but just pull into the "magical parking lot", and suddenly your face became wreathed in smiles. We all need to become just a little more "Real" to be believed. Thanks for this word. God bless~Mary