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The Yes-Face

The face is the outward expression of the inward reality of the heart.

"But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 
– Galatians 5:22
 
When President Thomas Jefferson was traveling with companions across the country on horseback in the early 1800’s, he approached a large river that needed to be carefully crossed. A stranger appeared and wondered how he was going to get across. He looked at the President and asked if he could get a ride across the river. Thomas Jefferson said, “Sure, hop on!” As the stranger slid off the horse on the other side, one of the companions questioned why he asked the President for a ride. The stranger replied, “I didn’t know he was the President. All I know is that his face said yes, and all your faces said no!”
 
For some of us, our face has said no many times. Our face has already spoken before we even open our mouths. Our face reeks with no and people can see it, smell it and sense it miles away. A friend of mine always says that too many Christians were baptized in lemon juice. They have a scowl on their face and pursed lips. Everything about them says no--their attitude, countenance, demeanor, posture and facial expressions.
 
“I never forget a face, but in your case
I'll be glad to make an exception.”

- Groucho Marx
 
Unfortunately, many teachers, coaches, neighbors, bosses, friends and church members that I knew wore the No-Face. The crazy thing is, they didn’t know they were coming across that way, and I don’t think they wanted to wear the No-Face. Thankfully, I had some amazing people in my life that would win the gold medal in the Yes-Face competition. My high school football coach, Sleepy Thompson, my fifth grade English teacher, Mrs. Beattie, my college lacrosse equipment manager, Coop, and my mom are just a few gold-medal winners.  
 
People watch our non-verbal communication. They know what we are saying without us saying a word. We are being evaluated during meetings, conversations and interactions. People watch from a distance and want to know if they can they can trust us to get on the horse and get a ride across the river.


What does a Yes-Face say? Here are 10 defining characteristics of a Yes-Face:

  1. Positive
  2. Trusting
  3. Confident
  4. Refreshing
  5. Smiling
  6. Available
  7. Approachable
  8. Inviting
  9. Gentle
  10. Forgiving

 
A Yes-Face is simply the outward expression of an inward experience. As followers of Christ, the inward experience is the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The fruit of the Spirit is the cord that connects our heart with our faces. Our countenance should exude our confidence in Christ. A Yes-Face has a Spirit-filled heart. A Yes-Face has a godly heart.

 
“Just as water mirrors your face,
so your face mirrors your heart.”

–Proverbs 27:19

 
Is your face screaming no and people can’t hear your heart? What does your face say about you? If you need a face change, start with the heart and ask God to fill you with the fruit of the Spirit. He loves transforming hearts. Your face will follow your heart.
 
Let’s see those Yes-Faces! Remember, your face is an outward expression of the inward reality of your heart. Start with the heart.
 
Saying Yes,

Take Action:

  1. Who in your life would win a Yes-Face gold medal?
  2. What is your face saying?
  3. How is God changing your heart so that others can see it on your face?

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