Do you remember this line from an old Sunday School chorus?

if you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it;  if you’re happy and you know it shout, “Amen.”

A woman’s birthday party came to a screeching halt when her husband crashed the gathering. The woman’s face turned to stone the moment she saw him. Her icicle frown and his cowering posture revealed the icy temperature of their relationship. As the party atmosphere quickly altered from festive to frozen, guests scrambled for the exit.

Rewording a quote attributed to Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln, my dad would say “you can fool some of the people all of the time, more of the people most of the time, but not all the people all of the time.”

Perhaps we find the “take-home” from this woman’s birthday party in Numbers 32:23 where Moses warns “… you may be sure that your sin will find you out.”

No matter how much we try to mask what’s in our hearts, God knows!

So, when our masks slip and the truth is revealed, will our faces show the depths of disdain or an effervescent fountain of love, joy, and gratitude?

Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Matt.12:34, KJV).

By Amre Cortadino

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  1. Like Fezzik says, “You be careful. People in masks cannot be trusted.”

    But I still put on my mask to go shopping.

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