How to Turn That Frown Upside Down

A simple shift in thinking makes all the difference.

Let this article by my Dad, Chuck Swindoll, bless you this holiday season!

Too often, we pastors tend to wear our smiles upside-down. The burdens of ministry—especially during the busy holidays—often cause our joy to droop into deep-wrinkled frowns.

Smiling
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In case you need a little help with this assignment, read through this psalm . . .

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
The LORD performs righteous deeds
And judgments for all who are oppressed. (Psalm 103:1–6)

Gracious Gifts from God

The psalmist lists several benefits to prod our thinking. As we reflect on God’s gifts to us, it’s helpful to be specific.

  • Do you have eyesight? It’s a gift.
  • Do you have a sharp mind? It’s a gift.
  • Do you have the ability to teach and preach effectively?
  • How about leadership skills that cause others to follow?
  • Has God given you a family?
  • Has He provided you sufficient clothes?
  • How about a nice, warm, soft bed on cold winter nights or a comfortable place to live in the hot summer?

These are all gifts from God’s gracious hand.

Here’s the kicker: you and I get paid to study and preach the Word of God! I have never recovered from that fact. Talk about a blessing! As Paul asked:

What do you have that you did not receive? (1 Corinthians 4:7).

It’s all from God.

Reflect on the Lord’s numerous gifts to you—“forget none of His benefits.” It will increase your joy. And a smile will soon replace that frown.

What do you think? What’s one good gift you have received?

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