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Make God Smile “?”

April 20, 2008





I have been several things in my life but a Blogger is not one of them. Well, that was until now. I’ve been one of those silent readers of blogs who rarely leave comments. I decided that I would really like to enter the discussion so I started “Make God Smile.”


I’m not sure how “Make God Smile” sounds to you but it has been an important personal thought to me for a long time. Somewhere along the way I had concluded that God was usually pretty frustrated with me and that my every effort was so feeble that it could only be seen by Him as pointless. This left me with a relationship that could best be compared to that of a son who can never measure up to the expectations of an overly critical dad. The result was a constant effort to measure up with no real potential of doing so. One of the tragedies was the guilt and frustration that replaced the potential of divine love and acceptance.


There is still some discomfort in the words, “Mark can bring joy to God” (Make God Smile) because of my awareness of how feeble my efforts are. But, the joy that I have in the efforts of my own children and grandchildren clears my thoughts. The fact that they tried, cared, loved, “meant to” and “wanted to” brings a satisfaction and joy of its own.


It is exciting to live for the purpose of Making God Smile. Whether at home, work, or play, Make God Smile! If reading, writing or speaking, Make God Smile! When with Christians or those who are not Christians, Make God Smile!


Wow! This is a fun way to live!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Terry permalink
    April 20, 2008 11:04 pm

    oooh ooooh I get to be first!!!!!
    I love the name! Such a positive outlook…no pessimism allowed!

    I can’t wait to read more brilliant words of wisdom from you!
    And I’d like to think I am making God smile while admiring his creation as we jaunt abount the good ol’ USA!

  2. April 21, 2008 6:20 am

    Welcome to the world of Blogging. It’s much easier than Clogging and not nearly the exercise of jogging. I have listen to your thoughts through the years and now others will have the blessing of your wisdom. Seeing you here makes me smile too!

  3. J D permalink
    April 21, 2008 7:17 am

    Hi Mark! Welcome to blogworld! Great first post. I have added you to my reader, so I’ll be reading each post. I like the look and theme of your blog. I expect it will be a source of encouragement to many. God bless you!


  4. Ashley permalink
    April 21, 2008 8:23 am

    WOW! I really enjoyed reading that! You have a way with words dad! I love you!

  5. herb permalink
    April 21, 2008 8:28 am

    This is cool. I’ve never done this either. Years ago there was a lady who wanted me to get online with her for live conversations and I said i don’t have time to sit at the computer and just chat. If I communicated with her it would be via email, so I could read and respond quickly.

    God bless you for being accessable.

  6. Sarah McNally permalink
    April 21, 2008 8:42 am

    I also feel discomfort when I think of God’s reaction to my feeble attempt at living this life…esp…the stumbling way I follow the perfect example of his Son. Glad you are blogging…look forward to future posts.

  7. April 21, 2008 9:22 am

    Welcome to the blogging community!

  8. April 21, 2008 9:32 am

    Mark: Good to see you’re a blogger….I’ve neglected mine lately – but do have a new one – “Rambo” @

    I hadn’t thought about “Making God Smile”. So you’ve given me a challenge to retool my thinking. I, too, have those feelings of not being adequate in making my Father, smile. And I do have to relate to my daughters – how my children – make me smile. So, God, my father relates to me similarly since I’m his imperfect child.

    Write more brother. Good thoughts.

  9. Fred Walker permalink
    April 21, 2008 10:36 pm

    Glad to see more of your wisdom and insight, Mark. You’re a blessing!

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