The YES Face

“A joyful heart makes a cheerful face”

Proverbs 15:13


I know a yes face when I see one as I have been married to one for 40 years. The very first thing that attracted me to my wife was her beautiful smile. Speaking of a “Yes Face” I recall a true story about President Thomas Jefferson who was traveling with a group across a river that had overflowed its banks and an unknown rider who was crossing in front of him fell from his horse into the water below. As Jeffersons party made their way across the river the man who had fallen stuck out his hand to the President as he was riding by and who pulled him up on his own horse and carried him to the other side. One of the men traveling with the President asked the man how he knew to ask the President for help. The man was shocked to learn it was the President himself who had pulled him from the water to safety. He said, “all I knew was all the men in front of the President had ‘no faces’, his was the first ‘yes face’ I saw.”

The Bible gives us two instances regarding the benefit of being cordial towards others, having a “Yes Face”. Besides the possibility of entertaining angels unaware that we read of in the book of Hebrews, the Old Testament book of Chronicles says, “The older counselors replied, “If you are good to these people and do your best to please them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects.” In other words, just being cordial, having a “Yes Face”, smiling, being kind, and warm, most often has a positive effect.  

Are you aware that smiling uses less muscles in your face than frowning? That means it takes more energy to frown than it does to smile. No wonder so many people are tired all the time. If your face has lost that glow or you aren’t sure how to go about getting a “Yes Face” here’s some good news from Psalm 34:5 where it says, “They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed.” A “Yes Face” comes from looking to the “Son” in the same way you get a tan by looking at the “sun”. May “The Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you” today!

I LOVE YOU!

Michael Osthimer

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