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Turning Your Frown Upside Down

I went shopping last week with my daughter at the grocery store.  As we got to the end of an aisle, a man with his own shopping cart was turning into the aisle and headed toward my cart.  When he realized what he was about to do, he quickly turned and said, “Sorry”.  Happy that here was no crash, I smiled back and said,” You’re good”.  He then frowned and went his unhappy way.  I was in total shock.  Nothing bad happened.  No bad words were inserted.  No scene had occurred.  So why was he unhappy?  I started looking around to see if maybe I had missed something.  Then I noticed that there was no one smiling.  Or  even had a pleasant expression for that matter.   I asked my daughter as we were walking to the van if she could see anyone around the parking lot smiling. She looked around and replied,”No, no one.”When we got home and after we had put the groceries away, I went to my news links to see if  something had happened that I was aware of that may be affected everyone.  There was nothing out of the ordinary this and that. As I was wondering as to why this was happening, I heard with an extreme measure of sound, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Matthew 24:14 

These people, like so many in the world were not living in the joy and love of God.  Because, if you were, you could not help yourself in smiling to everyone.  And I do mean everyone.  Because His love and joy surpasses everything you or I could ever imagine.  Now, I grant you, I was not overjoyed when I was shopping for groceries.  Had it been clothes, or shoes, then the smiles would have been seen across the entire store.  However, I go with the intent of knowing that whatever I get will nourish my family in the manner that they need.  And that is a very happy thought within itself.

Matthew 16:15 And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  Most people, when hearing that scripture think about missionaries traveling to remote places across this vast planet, spreading the “good news” to people while also teaching them how to read and write.  Getting clean water for them to drink and medicine for the ill.  Churches are always collecting money to send so that these good things can be accomplished.  And they are good things to get done.  But those same churches then turn around and tell their congregation to bring people in the church.  Churches look at numbers.  The number of people filling the chairs. The number of children attending an event.  The number at the end of the total of tithe.  All the while thinking that they have done their part in  Matthew 16:15.  Because after all they have missionaries that they send money to every month. And they allow those missionaries to come and talk to the congregations when they come back to the states.  I have even heard a church bribe the visiting children with gifts if they attend for a certain amount of time.

Instead of doing what Jesus said to do.  Go out.  They want the people to come in.  People don’t like to get uncomfortable with all the walking and talking that would have to come with it.  Even though it is a command from God.  I now don’t think that the man that I had encountered at the grocery store, gets too many smiles and didn’t know how to nicely respond back.  However, if he were to get more smiles throughout the days, weeks, months, years ahead, who knows?

I mean really, don’t you physically and emotionally feel better when someone smiles at you?  When I see someone smile, it causes me to smile.  I don’t even have to know what they are smiling about.  It just makes me happy to see others happy.  So tell me, how many smiles have you given out today?  Are you going out into your community and spreading the gospel?  Small steps, like smiles can be a good stepping stone to reach the real good news.  Reaching out to others can at times be hard.  But it doesn’t always have to be.  When we remember that God is with us always.  Hebrews 13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have; for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Wow, with that knowledge in your back pocket, just think of the strength and faith you can be showing to all!  And all for doing what you were told to do.  Shining God’s glory to everyone you meet can begin with something as simple as the smile God gave you.  So I am taking on a mission for myself.  I am pledging to smile at every single person I meet no matter what may be going on or who it is for an entire month.  Because I know that God will work through that on someone who is less likely to expect it.  Will you join me and smile your way through a month?  Yes, I know it might be hard sometimes when you see someone that you don’t necessarily like.  I’m not asking you or me to like them.  Just smile.  But this kind of challenge will truly show the stuff your made of.  

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One Response

  1. Shortly after my daughter moved to NYC, and we went to visit, she said not to be shocked if no one acknowledged us or said “Good Morning”. She said that people tended to stick to themselves. She knows that we “Southerners” mind our manners and we wish everyone a good day. Those first couple of visits, she was right. This last visit was totally different from all the others. People actually smiled and said hello as they boarded the elevator. Those that did not, I had great fun in smiling and saying “Good Morning” to. They didn’t appear to like it, but they couldn’t help but respond. Is it bad that I get great joy out of this?! lol I just seem to enjoy those responses more.

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