“It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look” – Francis of Assisi
This is one of my favorite quotes. When I am in a social setting with other people I know pretty quickly who is grumpy and I tend to shy away from them. I would rather be in the company of those who are happy and show it. In fact, those who exude joy are those who typically are surrounded by others. Certainly many could put on a smile and it would not be authentic for them. However, it is possible to not be very pleased yourself and still reflect the joy of Christ. Francis of Assisi is encouraging us to lead others into this joy of Christ. Whether we are having a bad day or not, it is through us that others may or may not see the love of Christ. It is our duty to show that joy and love.
Next time you are at church, at a party or even out at a store, check your face. Is it showing God’s love or is it saying, “stay away, I am grumpy”? I remember walking into a church where it seemed EVERYONE was smiling. People were so filled with the joy of Christ that I wanted so badly to be part of it and it was not long before I was smiling from ear to ear. Certainly not everyone there was super happy and had no problems, but in that moment, when they were in the House of the Lord and with other disciples, they mirrored Christ’s joy. HIs joy was more important than their issues or feelings. Christ won out for that time and it was glorious.
Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. (Psalm 34:5)