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Devotional: Is your happiness waning?

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a mirror that causes a person to appear happy even if they’re not.

Facial features are tracked in real time with a built-in camera and then adjustments are made to tweak your image. The corners of your mouth are turned up to create a slight smile, which then naturally alters your disposition. Japanese researchers believe these mirrors will spawn more gregarious shoppers who in turn spend more money. Having a little help to foster a smile might be nice, but don’t depend on outside sources for your happiness.

Every Christian should know that true inner joy is rooted in Christ alone. Some have even discovered the prescription to happiness — and that is to not look in a mirror at self — instead look for creative ways to serve others.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), Christian African-American educator, author, orator once said, “I think I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”

I believe that would be Christ’s sentiments as well, for his lifestyle backed up his mission statement on earth: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)

At the Last Supper, the night before He was to be crucified, Jesus wrapped a towel around his waist and proceeded to wash His disciples’ feet. Afterward, he said, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” (John 13:14-15)

Christian, is your happiness waning?

Try doing something for someone today!

Pastor Billy Blackmon

Highland Southern Baptist Church