The power of simple kindness is underestimated.
People don’t realize how valuable their first impression is, but it’s crucial. Even though Christians shouldn’t judge people, we still do. When we meet someone, we immediately form an opinion about them.
When the world looks at us as Christians, it will either see us as stuck-up snobs or as loving servants.
A smile is a great way to show the world that you’re a loving servant.
I don’t want to talk to someone who’s frowning, sulking, or scowling (even though I tend to do all three things…ahem).
A SMILE LIGHTS UP A ROOM.
(Don’t laugh at my cheesiness.)
A simple laugh, smile, or genuine compliment makes a huge difference.
I started a new job today. It was a long, busy, and tiring day; but the simple kindness of a couple of my fellow employees made it much better.
It wasn’t hard for them to be kind to me.
But it made a big impact on me.
So did the unhappy faces, the “helpful” (a.k.a bossy) comments, and the ignorance of my presence.
Your little actions make a big difference.
So how do we learn to smile, even if we’re having a bad day? How do we learn to be genuinely friendly?
A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, but when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken. (Proverbs 15:13 NASB)
When you have inner joy, it will shine through. You’ll want to share your smile with others.
Being friendly can be hard for me (and maybe for you). It’s difficult for me to come up with things for me to say. (Compliments make everyone feel good…just saying.)
Your laughter matters. Your smile matters. Your words matter.
You can use them for good or evil. If you don’t use them at all, you’re making a choice not to use them for good.
I want people to think I’m friendly and sweet, and I have to start by smiling and complimenting and being approachable.
Sometimes we don’t want to smile, laugh, or be friendly because we’re afraid we’ll be rejected or mocked.
Take the risk, friend.
Take the risk because you never know who just had a miscarriage or got in a car accident or lost his/her job.
Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken at the proper time. (Proverbs 25:11 NASB)
A word spoken at the right time is beautiful–just like gold and silver.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (Proverbs 16:24 NASB)
People (including me) appreciate approachability. When you stick a big smile on your face, people will want to talk to you.
Make the choice to laugh. Make the choice to ask questions and be friendly. Make the choice to show others your smile. I bet it’s beautiful. 🙂