When I was a high school teacher (Valley Lutheran in St. Charles, IL), walking down the hallway one day, a student (I think it was Kathy Zipoy) said, “Hey Mr. Kolb, how are you today?”   My response was something like  “Fine … or great … or OK!”  To which she responded with, “Then let your face know about it!”

A Puritan has been described as a person with a haunting fear that someone somewhere is happy.  Today many people would say the same about conservative Christians.  This is too bad, because we don’t find anything in the Bible, especially in the gospels, to support this way of thinking.

Jesus said to His followers, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11)

Are you enjoying life?  Basking in the beauty of God’s creation?  Bursting into laughter with friends?  Giving way to merriment every now and then?  If not, take a moment today to lighten up.  Let your joy be full.  Don’t walk around looking like you have been baptized in vinegar!

Let your face know about it too!