Mustard Seed Daily Devotion

A Spirit of Enthusiasm

In the Word

The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Psalm 126:3

Of the Word

Who invented the smiley face?
Massachusetts adman Harvey Ball

The merger of two insurance companies in 1963 left many employees unhappy. Mr. Ball was hired to create a spirit of enthusiasm in the newly-formed company. In about ten minutes he sketched out what is now known as the happy face and was paid $45 for his work.

Decades later, the smiley face continues to appear on a host of items. Looking at it brightens us up. Its simplicity makes it easy to duplicate and adds to its charm.

We can have real smiles on our faces when we remember the God who created us. In fact, He wants us to be joyful and happy, fully relying on Him to take care of our needs. Jesus, true God and true Man, gave us this life assurance when He died on the cross for us.

The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy (Psalm 126:3).

Walking with my Lord

Dear Jesus, knowing You enables me to smile, even in the face of adversity. Use me to brighten the lives of others I encounter in my daily life and may I always be willing to share my happiness in knowing You as my Savior. Amen, Lord. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Simple Trust. Elaine Bickel, author. 28/29 ©2011 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

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