It was said of one preacher that “his smiles were fraught with greater meaning than his sermons.” There is nowhere in the good book that says we should be solemn and dower. Joy is a product of abundance, and nowhere do we experience abundance more than in God’s love. Joy is not something we can buy at a store, and if joy comes from material things or worldly moments they are temporary and fleeting. So how do we acquire a more permanent and lasting joy?

We focus on the abundance we receive from God every day — our existence, our family, nature, beauty, a child’s smile and all those thing that are the product of God’s love. We ignore our own selfish needs and we truly experience joy filling the needs of our neighbor. It’s not rocket science we find joy in the smiles of others, and our smiles are a reflection.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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