My son and two daughters use a technique with their children, and I’ve noticed that it’s most helpful. When one of the children is grumpy or unhappy about something they’re instructed to “get happy” and to put a smile on their face. My good friend, Diane Douglas, calls for “Happy Eyes.” Now we all know what “Happy Eyes” look like. I would like to start using this technique, first with myself, and then with church members. So many of our problems are rooted in our perspective or attitude, which is reflected in our faces. The Apostle Paul had to learn to be content, and we also have to learn to be happy; to use Happy Eyes to see our situation―to see the world.
We live in a fallen world full of sin and sinners. The only perfect things are God and His word. Nevertheless, God tells us to look at this fallen world―to see our less-than-perfect spouse, children, friends and neighbors―and to rejoice in and for all things. He insists that we not only rejoice in the obvious pleasures of life but that we also learn to look at even the difficulties and trials and see Him working for our good (Rom. 8:28). It’s a matter of how we look at things, and when we look at things the way God tells us to we start to see under the thing itself and to discover the hand of God at work.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. —James 1:2-4