Church Leadership
For Those Ministry Days When You Need to Slap a Smile On Your Face
People of faith don’t deny reality. They choose to see a greater truth behind the immediate truth.

I chose to live to the greater truth. How? I became more conscious of slapping a smile on my face whenever I was in church. No matter what.

And I mean slapping it on. At first, it felt fake.

But I learned to do it anyway. And it felt horrible. Like I was acting.

In reality, I was acting. But I wasn’t being fake. I was happy to be in church. That was my greater reality. I lived to the greater reality by forcing my face to act like it.

The smile on the outside became a smile on the inside.

After a while, my face started affecting my emotions. The smile on the outside became a smile on the inside.

Because my smile was based on a deeper truth, not a phony pretense, it became more natural and automatic, even when things went bad.

I’m still not a big grinner, but now there are very few times when I need to force a scowl off my face – even when the lesser truth isn’t going well.

No, not all problems are as simple as slapping a smile on. I’m not naïve. But I am a realist. I know it worked.

The Greater Truth In Your Life and Ministry

When a lesser truth makes itself known, it’s usually trying to distract us from a greater truth.

Don’t let it win.

Here are some battles between lesser and greater truths that many pastors face. Especially in smaller churches. Do any of these sound familiar?

Lesser Truth: Money is tight.

Greater Truth: My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19)

Live to the greater truth.

Lesser Truth: A megachurch just built a state-of-the-art facility across the street.

Greater Truth: They’re our partners in ministry, not our competitors.

Live to the greater truth.

Lesser Truth: A couple just left the church, complaining that they’re not being fed. (Yeah, that never gets old.)

Greater Truth: The rest of the church supports you. They’re being fed and they’re learning to feed others.

Live to the greater truth.

Lesser Truth: The church I serve is small.

Greater Truth: God knows how small the church is – and he will use it to do great things if we let him.

Live to the greater truth.

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