Showing Your True Colors

The owner of a certain restaurant greeted me with a big hello and said, “You’re always happy and you always have a big smile on your face.”
I was encouraged by his comment, so I responded with a courteous “thank you.” However, his comment snagged my attention causing me to pause for a brief moment only to think about my childhood.
When I was growing up, I remember most people calling me, “Smiley.” However, smiling for me is part of my family trait and in most cases we can be identified just by our infectious smile.
Unlike my childhood, life experiences have definitely tested my smiley face. So do I put on a good face and pretend like everything is okay?
“Let’s not get it twisted.” I may not always be happy with the things that transpire in my life, but now I certainly understand what it means to “count it all joy.” Regardless of what I’m going through, it’s my choice to have joy – and the joy that’s in my heart shows on my face.
Jesus wasn’t necessarily “happy” while suffering a cruel death, but He undoubtedly had joy knowing that He was fulfilling the will of the Father. The Bible explains it best in Hebrews 12:2. “For the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
My friend, you may feel that life’s challenges are stealing your joy. During these times James encourages you to……. “reJOYce” when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors” (James 1:2-4).
So no matter how dim it may seem, hold your chin high, put a big smile on your face and let your true colors (joy) shine through.
Carolyn Crow is a contributing writer and can be reached at