27.11.11

a smile


>> A smile results in another smile <<

There's a certain older gentleman in the back of our church. He's always the last person I shake hands with as I walk down the line of people who enjoy shaking your hand (our church is a very hand-shakey church, so to speak). I'm not good at talking with people (especially those who are older than me) but I tried to make it a point to at least give him some encouragement every time he glanced my way, with a smile. I didn't think much of it (it's a facial expression) until I once walked down the aisle to the coat rack. He turned to the man next to him and said, "You know, she always has a smile on her face." He grinned back (he never frowns anyways, he's a perpetual smiling sort of guy).

Excited that my smile of all things encouraged this older man, I determined to try harder. To actually talk. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy talking, just as long as I don't have the first or last word (weird, no?). Another older man who I'd never talked to before was sitting in the back row. I didn't even really know his last name. He sat by himself, thinking (I suppose). I nervously forced myself to sit down next to him and I fumbled with my coat and offered a squeaky hello. That hello turned into a new friendship as we chatted happily (I never thought I could get over my shyness that quickly!) about thanksgiving, guys and cooking (that was an interesting conversation) and practically everything else.

From this exciting experience, I learned I have nothing to be afraid of when it comes to a smile or a word of encouragement. And I can quickly think of other people who could use some encouragement or a smile.

>> Therefore, encourage one another and build up one another 
- 1 Thess. 5:11 <<

Try it, you'll like it.

5 comments

  1. I'm sorry, I couldn't help but stick in a quote from Cars 2, which I've seen about five times. :)

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  2. It's amazing what a kind word, or smile can do to brighten one's day!


    BTW: who are la people in the picture? Is Savannah B. one of them?

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  3. Actually, it's a Hannah P. and her sister, Brianna (I think that's her name). I don't know if you know them...

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  4. It's so true. I think the strength of our church comes from the hand-shaking-ness and the smileys and the fun Sunday evening banter. I had my own encouraging conversations yesterday...I love how the older and younger generation bridge together in encouragement.

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  5. It's good to be unselfish and get out of your comfort zone. (Like you did.) Thanks for these reminders - I've tried it a few times since you've written about it.

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