Paul has an enthusiasm for exploring the world of faith and spiritual well being, which he wishes to share through all that he writes.
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones."
- Proverbs 15:30 NIV
A cheerful look does not seem to be a very big thing. But as small an act that it is, it has a power that can lead to bigger and perhaps even greater things, one of which is having a joyous heart. A cheerful look is a simple expression of kindness. Like compassion and forgiveness, kindness is a manifestation of the divine love which lies within us. It is the love that is of the higher powers; it is the love that is of God. We increase the love in the world, and we do God's work, whenever we are being kind. And whether we are being kind or have some kindness being directed our way, or are merely witnessing it, we are touched by it. And it can all begin with something as small as a cheerful look.
Kindness belongs to the world of the miraculous. And although it does not always appear to be so, the world of the miraculous is part of our own. We uncover more of this realm of miracles whenever we are being kind. And in this light, a kind word, a pleasant gesture, and, of course, a cheerful look can together become a power in this world. And with this power, we can create small miracles. And we are forever thankful for our ability to do so.
Kindness changes things. A cheerful look early on can create a cheerful attitude, changing a person's outlook for the day ahead. Kind words and friendly gestures can add a little enthusiasm for what would otherwise be a mundane task or circumstance. With kindness cooler heads and warmer hearts prevail, diffusing what could be some potentially tense situations. Kindness causes a good feeling in all who are touched by it.
Kindness can have a healing effect. It not only makes us feel good, but it can also help us to feel better. It can soothe an aching heart and comfort a troubled soul. A little kindness may be able to diminish some of the not so good feelings associated with old wounds and feuds. It can help us let go of grudges, lightening our loads. The weight disappears and is replaced by joy which is a wellness that is truly contagious.
Kindness is an increasing power. It expands as it spreads through the world, affecting all who witness it, creating joyous hearts all around. At the same time, being kind in these small ways allows opportunities to arise for being kind in even bigger ways. And it all begins with a cheerful look.
A Little Patience
All this talk about kindness may sound very inspiring, but like many things that are good, being kind is not always easy. This can be especially true for those we interact with most frequently. Family members, coworkers, and friends may be among those who we sometimes are prone or predisposed to be unkind with. We may have occasional or ongoing disagreements with some, and we may be at odds with others concerning how things should be done. We may be on a different page than others when it comes to ways that we conduct ourselves through life. We sometimes create scenarios based on unkind thoughts for how we will deal with these people before we encounter them. It may now be time for a little patience.
Patience is listening. Patience is thinking before speaking. Patience is understanding that we all have different concerns and ideas. Patience is developing thoughtful and positive attitudes, believing that any encounter can have a cheerful outcome. We do not always need to agree with someone in order to show kindness toward them. Patience is practicing small kindness whenever, wherever, and always. And patience is trusting in the love that is at the source of all this.
Love is the good news, and it fills us to the marrow. Our bones can be looked at as being a major part of our essence, our beings. The good news is that the love is there, and it radiates outward. It enters the world as kindness, compassion, understanding and more. We feel health in our bones when we let the love flow. We let the love flow when we are being patient and when we are being kind.
The good news is that there is no limit to love that flows. There is no limit to the love that can exist in the world and in the hearts of all. There is no limit to the ability of love to transform and heal the world, and its ability to increase all that is good in it. We feel this in our bones, and we feel it in our hearts. It feels like joy.
This article represents my own ideas concerning the above Biblical passage. It is not intended to contradict any other views or any beliefs that may be based on them.
© 2020 Paul K Francis