Fence Post of Faith July -2015

Psalm 16:11 “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right

hand are pleasures forevermore.

Recently I worked as the check-in gate at the Junior High National Rodeo Finals

and I had so much fun and I hope I think I left and impression on everyone I talked

to. I use a very simple thing to welcome them to Iowa, a SMILE.

Scientists say that humans are programmed to mirror the facial expressions of

others they encounter, so your smile is contagious. Make a habit of smiling says,

“In God’s presence is fullness of Joy” Psalm 16:11.

When you lack joy, you are disconnected from God’s presence. When you’re sad

and frustrated and wear a chip on your shoulder, you’ve detached yourself from

favor, blessing, healing, and promotion. Your happiness supply line has been

disconnected.

You have joy deep within you, but sometimes you must push it up higher where

we ca all see it. I read once that a Professor at a University did a study on how

appearance, personality, and attitude influence others. After much in-depth

research, they concluded that the single most powerful force of human influence

is not looks, height, or personality. Instead, your smile is your most powerful tool

for influencing others in a positive way.

That explains the saying “If you’re not smiling, you’re like a person with a million

dollars in the bank and no checkbook. “ Studies have shown that people who

smile frequently are promoted more often and end up with better jobs. Why is

that? Don’t you prefer being with those who are happy, good-natured, and

friendly?

Next time you’re at a barrel bash, check out Renea’s dad Doc, he always has a

smile on his face. I would venture to say that when he was born his Happiness

Meter was set on 98. Some would say that if you’re smiling all the time you’re up

to something, but I think it’s just Doc Beach’s nature.

Years ago Kelli and I were shopping at a mall in Columbia MO. and Kelli had

picked out a couple shirt and I offered to go pay for it while she went to another

store to shop. And when I stepped in front of the salesclerk, I smiled and said

hello, just being friendly.

The checkout lady smiled back. She was about to ring up the clothes when she

stopped and said, “Hang on, I’ll be right back She went into the sales office and

came back and said, “This is going on sale this weekend, and I have permission to

give you the sale price right now.

I smiled even bigger. “Thank you so much, “I said.

As she was folding the cloths to put them in the bag, she noticed that a little part

of the inside lining of one item had come undone.

“That looks like a problem. Do you see that? “Oh yeah, that looks really bad,“ I

said. “Let me see what I can do, “she said. She headed back to the office and in a

few minutes came back.

“Okay, I can cut the price to half the sale price.” I thought, Man, If I keep smiling,

they may owe me money! Kelli said I should shop with her more often after that. I

told her it all started with a smile. If I’d stood at the counter looking like an old

grouch, I don’t believe the clerk would have gone out of her way to be good to

me.

Here’s a thought, when you have God’s joy, you have supernatural strength.

There’s nothing that can come against you when you are filled with the strength

and joy of the lord. Anytime you feel depleted or overwhelmed by life, Just Smile

and praise God for it. Declare His goodness and faithfulness. Draw near to Him,

and He will draw near to you. He’ll fill you with His Joy and Strength to live ever

day with a Smile on your face.

Jeff Metcalf