A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
Proverbs 15:8-13 After Richard Norris was badly disfigured by a gunshot wound in 1997, he remained hidden at his parents’ home for years. They covered the mirrors to keep him from glimpsing his face. But recently a team of doctors changed that by performing a “face transplant.” Using medical advancements, the physicians gave Richard a new countenance. Last fall, his transformational story was featured in a major magazine.
While Richard’s story is unusually dramatic, there’s a sense in which we all need a new countenance. Study the faces of people you meet every day. Steal a quick glance at your own face as you pass a mirror or reflective window. How stressed and grim we look! Our emotions inexorably flash through the forty-three muscles in our face, and we communicate our feelings through our eyes, our brows, and the set of our mouths. One smile can light up a room; one frown can darken a day.
The Bible tells us a merry heart makes a cheerful countenance. Rejoice in the Lord this weekend, and let the joy of Jesus shine through.
I have seen more cheerful faces on iodine bottles than on some Christians.
Vance Havner, in Pepper 'n Salt