A Light for My Path Devotional

Smile! You’re Not On Candid Camera!

SmileJAMES 3:10; 1:8
Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be . . . A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Some of you readers are old enough to remember the popular television show called Candid Camera.  Remember their catch phrase, Smile!  You’re on Candid Camera!  They sent out people to play jokes on others and a hidden camera recorded their reactions.  Whether it was a hilarious prank like a talking mailbox that spoke to people as they passed by, or something frustrating such as a plastic bag in the grocery store that wouldn’t open because it was sealed on both ends, peoples’ reactions usually ranged from total frustration, to hilarity, to anger; but just at the right moment, the prankster would shout, Smile!  You’re on Candid Camera and everyone would have a good laugh.

For most of us there is no hidden camera, no one pulling a joke, no one to pop out and say, This isn’t really happening. So what then?  How do you react when things go wrong or life is tough, especially when you think no one is watching?  Do you act responsibly, maturely and respectfully?  Do you lash out in bitterness and anger?

The amazing thing is, how you react in a moment of frustration or in a crisis really reflects your true character whether or not someone is near enough to see and hear you.  The late Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, psychiatrist, researcher and author (1926 – 2004) said it well: People are like stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.

How we react to troubles and unexpected events on a day to day basis gives a message to the world around us of what is within us.  If you struggle with your reactions to difficult, unfair or unexpected events, don’t waste your time working on the outward responses.  Go right to the heart of the matter, and go right to the matter of the heart.

Heavenly Father, help me always to reflect Your light from within, even when things go wrong and life is difficult.  Help me to smile and laugh when possible, be gracious and kind when appropriate, and stand firm and steadfast when I need to.

By Ann Shorb
©Copyright Ann Shorb, 2007

Skits for Fun and Learning - Puppet scriptsSkits for Fun and Learning
Skits for Fun and Learning is a collection of 15 puppet scripts and 5 articles on the subject of success with puppet ministries. The articles and scripts have been written by Dr. Ann Shorb and the book is available for purchase as a paperback, or as a PDF download.

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