A little girl is sitting on her grandpa’s lap and studying the wrinkles on his old face. She gets up the nerve to rub her fingers over the wrinkles. Then she touches her own face and looks more puzzled. Finally the little girl asks, “Grandpa, did God make you?”
“He sure did honey, a long time ago,” replies her grandpa.
“Well, did God make me?” asks the little girl.
“Yes, He did, and that wasn’t too long ago,” answers her grandpa.
“Boy,” says the little girl, “He’s sure doing a lot better job these days isn’t He?” *
We have a good friend named Chris Montgomery who is going to share an LOL experience and insight with us today … about wrinkles!
Sadly, all three of my granddaughters live out-of-state. So sometimes my friend, Marie, lets me borrow hers. The oldest one of them is Anna.
Anna is a serious-natured first grader and a deep thinker, noticing things most kids miss. This is both good news, and bad news. On this day, it was bad news for me.
Her sisters weren’t home, so it was just Anna and I hanging out together.
We were siting at the kitchen table, coloring. She looked up at me, and in a serious tone asked, “Miss Chris, why do you have so many wrinkles?”
Always quick on my feet, I answered, “Anna, they’re not wrinkles. They’re laugh lines!”
I showed her how when I was solemn, the lines—more or less—disappeared. And when I smiled, they became even more apparent.
“So that’s why they are called laugh lines!” I assured her.
She pondered my words for a minute, then conceded, “Well, you DO laugh a lot!”
Anna had a point, because I do laugh a lot. And it has made an impression on my face. Attitudes do that.
Are you a chronic worrier? Then yours probably are wrinkles! Worry etches itself into lines on our face.
Fortunately, joy does the same. Not the sappy “The sun is out and life is good” kind of situational happiness. I’m talking the “I belong to the Son and so it is well with my soul” kind of settled joy.
How do we get it?
One of the best ways to increase our joy is to praise God.
When we stop to think about Him—His goodness, grace, mercy, and love for us—praise is the natural response. It takes our mind off whatever would worry us, and reminds us of His ability and faithfulness to deal with it.
So bracket the day with praise. As King David put it, “It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night” (Psalm 92:1-2).
The side benefit?
“A happy heart makes the face cheerful…. “ (Proverbs 15:13)
Praise. It’s good for the soul. It’s also good for laugh lines.
Chris Montgomery is the Director of Children’s Ministries at Emmanuel Faith Church in Escondido, CA; and as the married mother of seven and grandmother of six, she has a wealth of stories from which to draw!