Healthy living blog 3

Did you know it takes 72 muscles to frown and only 14 to smile?

On that reckoning smiling should be less of an effort!

To smile is still an effort all the same – one of the most worthwhile efforts we can make in life.

When Ronald Reagan was United States President he had a visit from Archbishop Tutu. Afterwards they came and asked him, ‘Mr. President, how was your meeting with Bishop Tutu’. ‘So, so’ he replied. Everyone smiled.

‘Tell us something that will help us to live our lives better’ they asked Mother Teresa. ‘Smile at each other’ she replied. ‘Smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other – it doesn’t matter who it is – and that will help you to grow up in greater love for one another’.

To smile is an effort. It is also a gift of the Holy Spirit that enriches the world. As the old music hall song ran: when you’re smiling the whole world smiles with you.

When we see a smile it touches us deep down in our spirit. It melts us and turns us away f…

Healthy living blog 2

Troubles can help us. The most unsettling times in life often turn out to be the most fruitful. Only as we look back on a time of trouble do we recognise what scripture calls ‘the treasures of darkness’.
When life is unsettling it gives us a powerful reminder of how useless it is to put one’s trust in one’s job or bank balance or popularity or whatever.
No one likes a time of trouble but such times show both our true worth and our true faith.
The letter to the Hebrews speaks of God shaking the world ‘in order that what cannot be shaken may remain’ It goes on ‘let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken’.
When we look back on troublesome times through which we have kept out faith in God this scripture comes alive in our experience.
Troubles remind us to take the eternal perspective of faith, to look beyond the up’s and down’s of life to our true security in the unshakeable kingdom of God. They shake away all false supports leaving believers with a faith that seems truer…