I’m sure you are thinking this title is crazy. Who in their right mind, especially a woman, would be thankful for the lines, creases or wrinkles on their face?
For me it is quite simple. Each and every line under my eyes, on the sides of my mouth and the creases in my forehead represents every laugh, smile and joyous occasion and experience in my life. They are the evidence of a great life! Sure, I’ve had my share of low points and disappointments in the 42 years of my life, but have refused to allow them to consume me.
I remember back in 2015 there was a story about a woman who made a conscious decision not to smile and to control the muscles in her face for 40 years because she wanted to have beauty in her old age. To her, beauty was void of wrinkles or any lines on her face. That is an amazing amount of focus and quite impressive. While that was the route she chose to preserve her outward beauty, and she does look great, I couldn’t imagine my life devoid of laughter, smiles or any other outward expression of joy!
I’m not saying the aforementioned woman didn’t have a great life, I’m sure it was for her. I am saying it is very important to embrace your inner joy with an outward expression because the “beauty marks” they leave can be a constant reminder to appreciate the God given joyous moments in your life. In order to live life gratefully, we have to focus on the positive daily. Not only must we focus on the positive, we must vigorously seek the positive in every situation, even the bad ones.
I could be sad that I have the wrinkles, creases and lines on my face, but I chose to see the positive. For me, it’s not a sign of getting older, it is sign of the goodness of God in my life. Every day when I look in the mirror, I see joy reflecting back at me. I see God’s twins, Grace and Mercy, permeating through each line. It is all perspective. Today, I ask that you focus on the positive in everything that comes your way. The good, the bad and the ugly. There is always an opportunity to see the positive, if you are intentional about it.
Remember: “ALL things work together for the good of them that love the Lord and ARE called according to HIS purpose”. Allow Romans 8:28 to serve as a reminder, that God will always work it out for our good. If you stay focused on your divine purpose and be intentional about seeking positivity, you are on the right road to living life gratefully. In the meantime, I’m embracing the beauty my facial lines represent. What are you grateful for today? #TeamGrateful #LivingLifeGratefully