3MN: We shall never know all the good a simple smile can do.

3MN: We shall never know all the good a simple smile can do.

Happy Thursday!

In the next 3 minutes:

  1. We don't smile because of how we feel.
  2. Mother Teresa on all the good a smile can do.
  3. Why we choose to smile.

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Minute 1 - Choose to not let how you feel dictate your actions.

Today, we are going to talk about something stupidly simple, but that holds unimaginable power. Smiling.

Disclaimer: I will not tell you to walk around with a pointless smile. This is one of the frustrating things about commercials. People are smiling about everything: Crest toothpaste, Depends adult underwear, and urinary infection medication. They are selling the idea that these things will buy you a feeling. 

The falsehood of the smile makes people suspicious and question whether it's even real.

Your facial expressions do not indicate what you're feeling inside but rather what you want to communicate to people. Whether you like it or not, not just your words communicate. It's how you carry yourself. 

It's what you show on your face. 

That's not a fake smile. It's choosing not to let how you feel determine your actions. It's finding a reason to be grateful and using your body to show your gratitude to others. 

Minute 2 - All the good.

Catholic nun Mother Teresa of Calcutta recognized the power of the smile. 

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. 

Minute 3 - Do you think Jesus ever smiled?

One of the things I find interesting is old portraits of people throughout the Bible and the church. You rarely see people smiling because the artists didn't take it seriously. People thought that smiling people were not worth taking seriously. 

Which is why I cannot recall a picture of Jesus smiling. 

Do you think he ever did? Yeah, I like to imagine so. 

Culture tells us one thing about smiling: smiling people are not worth taking seriously, or everyone is smiling at everything, which feels fake and forced. 

That's not why we smile. We smile for the same reason Jesus smiled: because there is joy inside us, and we need to get it out.  

Remember: Small changes lead to lasting breakthroughs. Reply to this email and let me know how it went.


Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? - John 7:48

In my video series Roll for Verse, I use dice to choose a random Bible verse each day and offer a devotional thought. Watch the full episode or read more about this verse.

Find a reason to smile today. Then, find a way to plant a smile on someone else's face. I have an idea. Try sending them this link: https://www.paytonminz.com/

See you next Thursday,

Payton Minzenmayer

P.S. - The best of this year's April Fools' Day pranks.