The younger version of me seemed to be an unhappy sort. I didn't smile a lot. It really had more to do with being insecure about my smile rather than being unhappy, but many people interpreted it that way.
Ladies, we live in a world that makes us feel ashamed of being US. Ashamed of stretch marks and those pounds we can't shed. Ashamed of under eye bags and imperfect smiles, of acne and scars and wrinkles.
But I want you to be encouraged today. Proverbs 17:22 (ESV) - "A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." Laugh! Share your smile with a world that desperately is in need of it. Forget any flaws you think it may have. Can't you see that the world is sick, and in need of a medicine that you can help to provide? God made your smile especially for you to wear, so put it to work for Him.
Your smile is so precious! It is the one your family and friends would miss if it were gone. Not some celebrity's flawless smile or the smile of that girl over there whose smile you wish yours was like. It is the smile that has woke your sweet little baby from his sleep since the very day he was born, the smile of perseverance when you want to say something nasty, but refrain. The little crooked smile that your parents remember when you were tiny and innocent. The smile of kindness a friend needs on a dark day. The smile your husband was beaming at when you walked down the aisle to be his bride. The smile God gave you that started out gummy, and then a little toothy, and then missing some spaces and maybe even with a few braces, and then a beautiful grown woman smile. And one day it will be an old woman's smile, and it will still be just as beautiful to your grandchildren, to your children, to your husband who has stood beside you for many crazy, wonderful, messy, beautiful years.
Love your smile and share it. It means so much to those you love.