We speak loudly by the way we frown or smile. George Eliot once said, “Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.” We all know that smiles also wrinkle our faces in time, but somehow the wrinkles from smiles make us look much more pleasant and attractive than wrinkles from frowns and scowls.
We have the ability to choose how we react to life. We can fill our minds with happy thoughts or become dissatisfied about everything. What a great loss of life it is to be a negative person all the time. In the Bible we read many notes about rejoicing and being happy. Ecclesiastes 11:9-10 Ecclesiastes 11:9-10 9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth, and walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes: but know you, that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.
10 Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, and put away evil from your flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.
American King James Version×admonishes us to rejoice in our youth and let our hearts cheer us. We are told to put away sorrow. That is a frame of mind. We cannot let ourselves become giddy and foolish. We also read that there is a time to laugh and a time to cry, but we should focus on the joy that is available (Ecclesiastes 3:4 Ecclesiastes 3:4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
American King James Version×; Ecclesiastes 3:22 Ecclesiastes 3:22Why I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?
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