Can anyone recall a moment when for one reason or another, a tune or ditty has stuck in our head and regardless of how hard we try, it will play on a seemingly unending loop in our head? As I took a quick look at commemorative days or weeks for August, the first thing that I saw was that August is “Admit you are happy month”. As soon as I read those words, the tune which contains the words “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands” the song then goes on to say “If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it”. Those of us who know the
song can understand why I may have struggled to not do the stomp your feet and shout “hurray” part while sitting at my desk.
“If you are happy and you know, then your face will surely show it” are more than words in a Sunday School song; they are words that cause even those of us with gray hairs to contemplate if our faces reflect what we propose our hearts to be in light of being children of God. We once had some friends by the name of Pat and Wally come to visit us in Chile and during their stay, we dedicated a couple of days to doing some tourist stuff. We took them to a small town that was known for having a great market for buying souvenirs. On our outing, we came upon a person preaching by a fountain next to the market and food stalls. I mentioned that open-air preaching was still very much part of the culture in smaller Chilean towns and asked if they wanted to watch for a while. I listened to what the preacher was saying analyzing his transitional statements, the relevance of his message and his delivery as well as which texts he was using in his message. After he finished, I jokingly asked our friends, who did not understand much Spanish, what they thought. Pat said, “what an angry man”. Because she could not understand much of what he was saying, she had paid attention to other details. She pointed out that while his words may have been about salvation being found only in Jesus, his face showed that he was an angry man and likely didn’t like any of the people he was preaching to. His face surely did not show that he was happy in the Lord. How about us? The Bible does not tell us our faith brings happiness but does point out that it is a basis for joy. Peter wrote in 1Peter 1:8 & 9[Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.] David said in in the first verse of Psalm 100 [I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will make music.] He also declares in Psalm 16:11 [You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.] Does our face reflect the fullness of joy found in Christ? I wish I could say mine always does but I must admit some days require extra effort and some days I have failed miserably.
Each of us is afforded tools and visual reminders of the joy we have in the Lord so that we can in turn be able to share it with others. Speaking for myself, the tools I have at my disposal is my Bible to feed on, a nice li-
brary to read how God has blessed others, and a plethora of music that provides opportunity to sing to Him knowing He does not mind my wretched singing voice. When it comes to visual reminders, I am blessed by the opportunity to serve this church and be able to scan your faces on Sunday mornings basking in the joy of being given the opportunity to preach His word. I would encourage all those reading this to remember all the reasons we have for rejoicing in the Lord and that as we plow through the month of August, our faces will reflect the joy that is found only in Jesus.
Have a blessed August,
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