We all do it sometimes…smile when we don’t really feel like it.

Some people call it a ‘fake’ smile, and sometimes it is.

Emotional Labor the act of showing the appropriate behavior for a job, co-workers, customers or ‘superiors’, such as when a waiter or waitress smiles while encountering a very difficult or rude customer. Their expression doesn’t show how they really feel inside.

When we have faith in and trust God, we will display spiritual Emotional Labor. We may be heartbroken, discouraged, betrayed, broken, angry hurt or even healing, but we still manage to smile because of our confidence in God. We know all things are working together for our good (Roman’s 8:28).

Our feelings will not always align with our faith.

Job is a great example of smiling through pain…

Job 9:27 (NKJV)

If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face and wear a smile.

When your faith let’s you smile through your pain, you aren’t hiding WHAT’S inside you, you’re revealing WHO’S inside you.



God bless you! I'm a husband, father and ordained Minister since 1996. I serve as an Associate Minister at Oak Spring Church Arlington TN, a suburb of Memphis. I'm a professional Copywriter for a Fortune 500 company, published Gospel songwriter and owner of an independent label, Al-Go-Rhythm Music. My main spiritual gift is Exhortation...I'm a natural encourager. I love the word of God and sharing it from a "Wow, I never thought of it like that before" perspective. There's so much fresh revelation in God's word that is just as relevant today as it was as it unfolded. I hope my daily devotionals enhance your walk with God, taking you beyond BLESSED to BLESSTIFIED.


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