“Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God” (Psalm 42:11).
Our testimony and witness is of such importance in living out the missional task; we cannot allow circumstances to determine our demeanor. Like the psalmist, we find ourselves in a world that often thrusts upon us unwanted and unexpected exile experiences; turning the comfortable and predictable routines of life into absolute turmoil and disarray. Even when we don’t feel like it, we can act our way into a new feeling. Just as scripture has long told us that “for as a man thinks, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7), science has now revealed that deliberate changes in body language and facial expressions can alter one’s mood and disposition and, thus, your influence on those around you.