Smile

While scrolling through my PLN I came across this tweet:

 

I remember this time I was in 7th grade, my small group leader taught about happiness. She told us when she was in high school, she and her friend would leave heads up pennies around school for people to pick up. Just to make someone smile.

It’s been almost 10 years since I was first told this story. Yet it’s stuck with me through all this time. I Thessalonians 5:11 says, “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” Building people up is so important. If we take a little time out of our day to do something small for someone else, that could potentially make their day, why don’t we?

Why is it so hard to just bring joy to someone once in a while? I can always find excuses. “I won’t have enough money for MY lunch if I pay for theirs.” “I don’t have TIME to stop and tell that person I like their jacket.” Whatever it may be, there always seems to be a never-ending cistern filled with dumb excuses that convince us that we will be at a disadvantage somehow. What we often fail to understand is that sometimes, our small, even tiny, gestures of kindness can make a difference for someone.

In the ‘70s a man jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge after no one smiled at him or acknowledged him. While in most cases this may not be the outcome, how would you feel if your smile saved his life. That one thing that doesn’t require anything at all from you made a person feel something.

With all that being said, next time you get the chance to help someone or brighten their day even a little bit, I IMPLORE you to do so. You might even feel better yourself!

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