I've noticed over the last few weeks how heavy this pandemic has actually been weighing on me. I'm a people person, not being able to smile at people due to wearing a mask has really worn on me. I truly believe humor is one of the greatest gifts God gave us. The ability to laugh and smile with friends, family, coworkers and even strangers is so precious to me. To do a silly dance, make a funny face or say a witty comment can really brighten someone's day.

    The last 2 days I chose not to wear my mask at work, still practicing social distancing and sanitizing regularly, but taking off the mask was like putting my smile back on, it was so freeing and I felt like my silly ol' self again and not only me but my team, the smiles and laughter were contagious, the joy abounded! It's like the little song, This Little Light of Mine, we can't hid our light under a bushel nor our smile under a mask. We must show our love of Jesus outwardly, living our life for him, not hiding the gifts he has given us. I'm not saying we shouldn't be wearing our masks or continuing to do all we can to keep our health safe but it's a beautiful illustration of showing Christ's love to others.

    "No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:15‭-‬16 NLT

Post Publishing Note: My work later more heavily enforced mask wearing and made it mandatory instead of optional, mostly due to the city's mask ordinance. So unfortunately this was a short-lived literal breath of fresh air. Still longing for the day we no longer have to hide our smiles. I have just tried to continue to find ways so spread love and joy despite our current situation.


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