One year after handing my elementary school photo to my mother, she said, “Your smile looks fake.” From that day forward, I’ve hated to have my picture taken—fearing my smile was not genuine.
I remember when my granddaughter was a little girl, we constantly took pictures of her, our first grandchild. She became so accustomed to the camera pointed at her that she instantly posed. Her toothy smile looked the same in every picture. I’m sure she thought that is what we wanted to see. However, I never said to her, “Your smile looks fake.” Now, at nearly 17 years old, her smile is beautiful and genuine—one that shows her internal beauty and melts my heart.
God knows when we are faking a smile or a laugh. He sees our heart and sees are pain and how much we are hurting. Someone said “A smile is a frown upside down.” When we attempt to smile during tough times, those who know us best know the frown is still there. Yet, when I smile often enough, I feel better about the situation.
Digital cameras have helped me develop a new confidence in having my picture taken. I suggest the photographer take as many shots as necessary for me to find one acceptable for anyone to see–one that makes my smile look genuine.
Lord, let my smile reflect my joy in your love for me. Amen.