1 Be a sunny, sunny Christian,
Give the world your brightest smile;
Let your eyes with love be beaming,
Keep your brightness all the white;
Do not show the world the teardrop,
Which at times may dim the eye,
Take that secretly to Jesus,
Who aloud the fount can dry.
Be a sunny, sunny Christian,
Let your face be bright as day;
Show the world that hope of heaven
Drives the shadows all away.
2 Be a sunny, sunny Christian,
Be a worthy child of grace;
Do not let the lines of trouble
Mar the brightness of your face;
Fill the day with deeds of kindness,
Cheer some weary soul along;
Scatter roses by the wayside,
Light the way with smile and song. [Refrain]
3 Be a sunny, sunny Christian,
Show the world a beaming face;
In the life you live for Jesus,
Gloom should never have a place;
Let your days be full of gladness,
In the service of your Lord;
He will never, never leave you,
If you lean upon His word. [Refrain]
William C. Martin (1864-1914)
Born: December 25, 1864, Hightstown, New Jersey.
Died: August 30, 1914, Rialto, Florida.
Buried: Fort Myers, Florida.
Martin was pastor of the Grace Baptist Church (formerly Cramer’s Hill), Camden, New Jersey (1891-4); Noank Baptist Church, Noank, Connecticut (1894-1900); Grace Baptist Church, Somerville, Massachusetts (near Boston; at the time of his arrival there it was noted he was from “Bluffton, Indiana”); and the First Baptist Church in Ft. Myers, Florida, from 1912 until his death.
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