We all have a story and scars due to the things we have been through. Our smiles will never reflect that pain because we want to hide it.
I always admire people who go through so much adversity and use the adversity as steping stones to go higher. Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan would never have dreamed that at the age of 16 years she would be giving an address in front of the United Nations. At the age of 15 she was shot in the head by the Taliban because she wanted to go to school. She took that adversity and used it to speak up for young women who wanted to have an education. Despite the damage done to her head by the bullet she has retained her beautiful smile and is now an ambassador for young women.
What ever you do, do not allow whatever issue you are going through to rob you of your smile and tenderness of heart. Keep going and keep smiling. Your story is not in vain or wasted but can be used to encourage someone who needs to know they are not alone.
You may never get the opportunity to speak to the United Nations but you can speak to one person and change the entire trajectory of their life.
One of my favourite portions of scripture in the bible is from Psalms 3:1 ~ 3.
“1. Lord, How are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me. 2. Many there be which say of my soul, there is no help for him in God. Selah. 3. But thou O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.”
Dear Heart, The Lord Jesus is your glory and He is the Lifter of your head. So please keep pushing and keep smiling.