At 3:00, I walked down to the normal pick-up place for the preschoolers, where I called the name of my young charge so I could get him home. I heard a little girl say, “You have a smiley face.”
When I looked down, she was pointing at me.
“Are you talking to me?” I asked.
“Yes,” she said. “You have a smiley face.”
She meant my actual face.
This took me off guard. I stopped to make note that people are often looking at my face, and I should take great care to serve them an expression that preaches hope, joy, and peace.
Think about the instructions we hear in 1 Peter 3:15(NIV):
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
Why would anyone ask us about our hope, unless they see us smiling all the time?
When I saw the little girl who made commentary on my face, I had just come from a really hard class that had worn me out. I was stressed about school. Stressed about book publishing. Stressed about chores waiting for me at home. But I had chosen to walk through the school with a smile for anyone I met, because I thought the other stressed out, weary children and teachers needed to receive a kind look.
Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. –Mother Teresa
God has given you a great tool of influence, through the creation of your voluntary facial muscles and eyes, to speak a wordless lovingkindness to the people you will see today. So warm up your smile.