Kind of simple. Pretty Obvious. I know. But so often overlooked. The other day, I was in a conversation with a new friend. In the middle of a conversation, a man walked up and said, "I don't mean to interrupt"...and proceeded to interrupt. What was interesting is that he never looked at me. No smile. No acknowledgment. It wasn't personal. I saw him do that with others in the room. He had a way of moving past people as if they didn't exist.
I'm amazed at some retail stores. They spend several million dollars in advertising. They target particular age groups through television or radio spots. Yet, at the check out line, the clerk doesn't smile or say "Thank You."
Today, I can give my smile to many people. It may just be a momentary encounter while I'm getting gas or at the cleaners. I can smile at the bank teller or the clerk at Wal-Mart. I can smile at a person who I pass by when I am visiting someone in the hospital. It may not seem like much. In fact, you might be reading this and think this is a "no brainer". May it is obvious. I just know that a smile makes a world of difference.
It is not a matter of being friendly or trying to manipulate another person. Smiling at someone is a simple way of recognizing another as a human being worth a moment of attention. Some people seem to save their smile for the "important people" in their life. This might be a person who is glum all day until his biggest client comes into the office and then he smiles. Why wait? Why reserve your smile only for those who can benefit you in some way?
Today, I want to smile at others--one person at a time. I want to deliberatly use another's name while in conversation with that person.
Maybe in a small way, I will communicate to another human being that she/he is worth something. Yes, I would like for that person to know she or he is valued by Jesus. The place to begin is by those of us to claim to follow Jesus to communicate value in everyday life.
Perhaps today, I can best be used by Jesus to communicate worth and value to another human being. For many people, that will begin with a simple smile.