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“You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.”

October 16th, 2015 by Sara Buffington

I’ve got a bone to Annie and FDRpick with you, Annie.

Of course I love Annie. Who wouldn’t love her frizzy-red hair, shining eyes, and her sunny optimism in the face of her life’s cruel disappointments? Even a hardened millionaire and the President of the United States joined her for the moving anthem, “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.” There was not a dry eye in the Oval Office.

There is one problem, Annie: you’re fictional. And your advice doesn’t always hold.

I think we feel a duty to smile, a responsibility to look cheerful and fine all time, even if we don’t feel that way. You’re never fully dressed without a smile. Don’t let them see your smile slip. “Fake it ‘till you make it,”--we’ve all heard that before.

Is that how we should come to the Lord? Fully dressed from ear-to-ear? What if things are so bad we actually can’t do that? What should we do then? Stay away until it passes?

Have you ever skipped church because you couldn’t face all the smiling Annies? Don’t miss this Sunday. Turn to God just where you are. He doesn’t want your pasted-on smile or your carefully-crafted mask. Come as you are. The psalmists sure did.

He just may have a miracle waiting for you.

Sara Buffington


About this author:

Sara Buffington

Sara Buffington

I have been a member of New Covenant since 2007, when my husband Peter and I and our two children moved here to Florida. I graduated from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia where I majored in English, but I spent all my spare time in the music building. I have taught eighth grade, written curricula for homeschoolers, and currently I educate my (now three) children at home. All the while I have been a member of the worship team. In April 2013 I started leading worship at New Covenant. I love music. I always have, but worshiping the Lord in song is my calling and my passion. I never thought I would be a lead worshiper, but now I see how God has been preparing me for this my whole life. I am very thankful. It's a joy and a privilege!

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