Above is a collage of the many faces of me. There are a zillion more, but I didn’t want to bore you.
We all have many faces. Sometimes we feel sad, happy, concerned, angry, adventurous or fearful. Emotions have a way of leaking out of our skin and onto our faces. The eyes can be the mirror to the soul, they say – whoever they may be. We can change the way we’re feeling by putting on a different face, depending on who we’re with or where we are. Our faces tell a lot about us.
Charles Schultz’s Lucy, reminded Charlie Brown that he had a failure face – and even though it never let him get totally bummed, he felt like he had one. People may tell you to put on a “happy” face, but it isn’t easy to be happy all the time. When tears escape from your eyes, that tells a different story. There are times when we are deep in thought and others may think we’re distant or uncaring. We may even give a totally wrong impression by the face we wear.
Women focus on their faces more than men do. We grow fearful when wrinkles appear, because it shows that we’re growing old. We spend hundreds of dollars a year on cosmetics and creams that will give us clear complexions, beautiful eyes and lips and skin that supposedly defies age. If I had a nickel for every skin cream I purchased, I wouldn’t have so many wrinkles.
We can change our facial expression in seconds. One moment we are content and the next, something sets us off and we fall victim to depression or sadness. The face is one of the most important parts of an actor’s tool box, because it defines what’s going on within the character. When we aren’t playing a part and just going through every day life, it isn’t as easy to change the way we feel.
God knows everything going on inside of us. To some that might seem frightening, but for those who truly trust in His love for them, it’s comforting to know that you have such a close confidante. His omniscience can see right through the façade we put on each day as we carry on. He knows when our heart is aching – when we’re worried – when we’re fearful – when we feel alone. He knows our every thought – good or bad. He looks within us and could easily condemn us right then and there for our evil thoughts, but because of His great love for us, He only sees His Son.
Jesus cleaned us up on the inside, so we don’t have to fear God’s condemnation. Through His death and resurrection, we have been redeemed and made heirs of heaven. So we can put on a happy face every day.