Wednesday, March 14, 2007

What Does Your Face Say?

One’s facial expression can say a lot to others, without an exchange of words. God gave us great use of our faces so that others may know when we are happy, sad, excited, or angry. These past couple of days I’ve tried being very aware of my facial expressions. Do I look bored, frustrated, or bitter? If so, I really needed to readjust myself. Is my face warm and shining with the love of Christ? If not, perhaps I should change something, perhaps my heart.

The best way a lady should present herself is pleasant and kind. I tried to have a constant look of pleasantness. No, I wasn’t grinning the entire two days, but I did try to turn my lips upward instead of downward. Check this out: Wanna look better in less than one second?

Try this: Position yourself in front of a mirror. With lips closed, move your lips upward, as if smiling, until the corners of your lips go slightly up from sideways position : ] . Now, with tiny smile, try looking angry while holding this position. Hard isn’t it?

Okay, now frown, turn corners of lips downwards : [ , or even straight across

: | . Try to look angry…..oh wait, you already do!

Now ladies, I know that I’m not the only one that looks at the mirror several times a day, you know, just to make sure that my eyebrows are just where I left them earlier that morning. Try this: Walk up to a mirror several times throughout the day, naturally, just like you were walking through the grocery store or through your home. Look at your face, no, not at your teeth, but look at your facial expression at the very moment. Would you want to run into You on Aisle 10 looking like that, or would you want to meet You in the kitchen looking like that?

“Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.” Proverbs 3:17

My problem is, how can I have a pleasant look on my face when I’m feeling my worse, or just got my feelings hurt? God called me to be different though. If I can’t find anything to make me smile, I’m forgetting about what He has blessed me with. Am I worse off than anyone else? No, I’m definitely not. Shouldn’t I carry myself in most pleasantness that if I am truly feeling bad, others will say, “Something must be wrong”. I really hope that people wouldn’t say, “What’s wrong with her now? Or “Does anything ever go her way.”

Do you know people like that, who are always in this state of “Blah…..”. And you wonder, do they have nothing to be happy about? I’m sad to see Christian women like this.

What I learned: When I don’t feel like looking pleasant, I’m going to ask the Lord to forgive me for negative thoughts I may be having. Then I’m going to sing in my head, “Oh Lord my God, when I’m in awesome wonder, consider all…the world Thy hands have made……..Then SINGS my soul, my Savior God, to Thee, How great Thou art, HOW GREAT THOU ART?”

I mean, really? God is so great, how can I not smile about that?

Ladies, we are to be more like the godly women we are called to be and present ourselves to the Lord, humbly with love, and gratitude that makes our hearts smile from the inside out.

There are “proper women” who don’t have the love of Christ in them and don’t know how to show love through the look on their faces. It is PROPER for the ladies of Christ to exhibit this love.

Now, turn that from upside down, and show the Love of Christ!


Mrs. U said...

Hi Melissa,
This is a VERY convicting post. My facial expressions always give away the thoughts that are going through my head- boredom, pride, etc. I am in SUCH need of work in this area. Thank you VERY much for sharing this!!!

And this verse...“Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.” Proverbs 3:17... Wow!!! My ways are NOT pleasantness nor are my paths peace. Oh Lord, teach me, mold me and make me like You!

Mrs. U

Candy said...

I love the hymn "Then sings my soul"
I loved this post too!!!!
Its so true.
I think Im doing ok but I am certain that I could do better with my facial expression. Thanks for the reminder. I will be much more intentional about this now.
Thanks and God bless,