Recently, I participated in my church’s combined youth activity. We went to our church house and played games with people who had mental disabilities. I had such a great time! When I left I realized these people lacked most things that the world has marked as cool. In the eyes of man, they are weird and different. But in reality, they have everything that God thinks is cool. They were cheerful, loving, and God fearing. It doesn’t matter that they act differently–it doesn’t matter at all. Too often I see disabled people looked down upon for being different. That night, playing games, each person radiated love. I could see it in their bright eyes and smiling faces. They love people, Christ, and the world around them. Then I thought, why can’t I always do that?
Love is awesome. When someone feels love toward anything, it radiates off them and into everyone else. A smiling face can do so much more than we think. It’s way too easy to get caught in a cycle of hate and sadness. Some people can’t seem to see the beautiful world around them. There are so many things that can get people into a sad cycle, and it can be hard to get out. But the easiest way to get out is to be with people that love. It’s because of that radiant love, that people can escape fear and doubt. Think of all the hearts you can touch by just simply wearing a bright smile.
I’ve switched schools a few times, and it’s never been easy. The first few days feel pretty lonely and sad, but when I would meet people with radiant love, my sadness went away instantly. I went on to be more cheerful, and other people caught on and they wore brighter smiles. There isn’t a time that love shouldn’t be in our hearts.
I learned a technique to be happier that works well for me. It’s called a High Five. You quickly count off five things to look forward to that make you excited or cheerful. And it is surprising how quick it can be to find five things, and also how hard it can be to be to stop at five things.
Finally, keep a song in your heart. One of my favorites says, When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed, when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.