Choose Your Wrinkles

There are the right kind of wrinkles and the wrong kind, and Scripture encourages us to choose the right kind.

“Laughter is the sun which drives the winter from the human face.” ― Victor Hugo 

Not only that, but laughter can also produce pleasant wrinkles as we age. 

You see, we develop wrinkles based on the facial expressions we use most often. If we smile most of the time, the lines in our face reflect smiles. If we frown most of the time, our wrinkles take a more unpleasant look. 

Since laughing, smiling, and frowning all produce wrinkles, you might say we “choose our faces” as we age. Our wrinkles can tell a story of inner joy and peace or anger and displeasure. 

Instead of getting unnatural plastic surgery to remove wrinkles, let’s do our best to let our wrinkles reflect a joyful Jesus heart. 

This is another reason to remember that "a merry heart is good like a medicine" (Proverbs 17:22). 

What kind of heart will your wrinkles reflect?

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There are the right kind of wrinkles and the wrong kind, and Scripture encourages us to choose the right kind.

 (Proverbs 17:22). What kind of heart will your wrinkles reflect?


  1. Love the idea of "choosing my wrinkles!" Since I work with the elderly, I see a variety of wrinkled faces and there often is a distinction between laughter lines and worry lines! I choose a merry heart! Bring on those wrinkles! Thank you, Gail, for this very encouraging post!

  2. Oh boy, I have been noticing A LOT of these lines lately! I am going to make a conscious effort to put on a happy face~ laugh lines are much better than frown lines! :) Thanks for the reminder that I do have a choice!

  3. Love this! :-) Such a great way to look at it. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  4. I love how you see wrinkles, so lovely! Wonderful writing!

  5. I so agree! And my husband makes me laugh a LOT, one of the reasons we've had such a long marriage. :-) There's so much to be happy about and lots of funny things in this world. Blessings!

  6. Good morning, i'm visiting from A Little R&R linky party! Nice to "meet" ya!
    Great post!

  7. One of the first wrinkles I noticed was because of smiling. I hated it at the time though, and blamed my years of sunbathing for the newfound flaw. Now I can see it was a "good thing." Such a great way to reframe the troubles and imperfections of this life, Gail. Love it! And I'm so glad you linked it up at Wedded Wed, sweet friend!

  8. Hi Gail,
    Your so smart!! There not wrinkles there laugh lines :) I choose this day to smile!
    I am a funny girl so I laugh at myself and I laugh with my hubby. And some of my friends just crack me up....
    Thanks Your a Keeper!
    Blessings, Roxy

  9. Hi I am stopping by your blog from the Adorned From Above Wednesday Blog Hop. I would very much love it if you would stop by ours as well. We also have a great giveaway running with a winner to be announced in 8 days. Come on by and join up. We will also have a blog hop Friday.


    Thanks so much!

  10. I appreciate this so much! I can't stand every campaign being a battle against aging. Anti-aging this and that and serums that turn back the clock, etc. Well, I like being my age. I embrace my wrinkles and those grey hairs that are popping up. I even embrace my post-baby body and don't try to fit into the clothes I wore in high school.

    I'm living life and enjoying it! If you're doin' it right, it's going to show on our bodies. Our bodies are not museum pieces. :-)

  11. I love Victor Hugo:) - and I try every now and then to just practice smiling when no one is around - when I'm driving, walking, washing the dishes - to just smile because, by George, I want laugh lines:)

  12. What a cool perspective. :) I'm visiting today from Fun Friday.

  13. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Blog Hop. We always love seeing everyone's posts.
    Have a great week and here is this weeks party has started. Here is the link.
    Debi and Charly

  14. I agree with this, except that "frown lines" aren't always caused by anger or bitterness. Intense concentration can also cause lines that look like frown lines. (I'm a happy person, but I get so intense as I research at my desk every day.) But I've thought about smile lines for many years, and I think we cultivate them as we choose joy each day. Thanks for this reminder.

    1. That's very true, Dawn. I know what you mean about concentration. And true again....cultivating joy is what matters. If our wrinkles look like frown lines, God sees our hearts!