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.


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

  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?

  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...

  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.

  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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