Smiling in the Battle.


“Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”

- Proverbs 12:25 (ESV)


Growing up, I was never really a confrontational person, but I had a loose tongue when I felt disrespected.

I remember the only time I came close to physically fighting someone in school.

There was a girl in middle school who I did not like. I wish I could remember why I didn’t like her, but I don't. All I remember is unauthentic smiles being exchanged when we were around each other.

She and I had the same friend group, so it drove our friends crazy that we were constantly bickering. One day it got out of hand. The girl and I were in each other’s faces in the hallway about to fight.

I had a big ego in middle school, and I was not about to back down if someone threatened to put their hands on me. Or maybe I threatened to put my hands on her if she didn’t get out of my face. I honestly do not remember.

All I know is that the security guards stepped in right on time, and we were rushed to the Dean’s office. After that event, our friends decided that they weren’t going to put up with fighting in our friend group anymore.

So one evening during a school dance, our friends made the girl and me count to three and say, “The beef is dead!” We then shook hands, and just like that, we never almost fought again.

I don’t remember anything else about that evening other than having a good time with my friends. My frown instantly turned into a smile with the help of friends putting things into perspective.

“Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”

- Proverbs 12:25

During difficult times in your life, it may be hard to smile or to find joy. Let me be that friend to help put things into perspective and tell you that God is greater than even your biggest problems.

You can smile knowing that God will help you to win your battles. Exhale because here’s nothing too big that God cannot handle.

The holidays can often bring out bottled up emotions, and that’s okay. Vent if you need to. Cry if you need to. Be angry if you need to. And when you’re done, remember that you are not alone.

God is always with you, waiting to embrace you.

It's also okay to smile during the holidays when a loved one is no longer with you or when bad things are happening around you. Having moments of happiness doesn’t mean that you’ve forgotten your loved ones or that you don't care.

You can celebrate the impact that others have had on you.

Smiling in a battle can be a challenge at times, but with the help of God, you can find joy in any season.

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- Mags