A Smile and a Few Kind Words

I’ve been in full-time Christian ministry since age 22.  When it comes to socializing, I’m borderline–not your extrovert and not your introvert (though I tend to be more introverted).

So at times, it’s a challenge to smile at a stranger and even say the familiar kind words of “Have a blessed day.”

Yesterday, however, I overcame that introverted side of me with a smile and the few kinds words, “Have a blessed day.”

The stranger’s response: “Thanks. I really needed that.”

I walked away smiling and saying to myself, “I should do this more often. You never know how a smile and a few kind words can lift someone or make a difference in their life.

Rather than the hate, distrust, and violence we continue to witness–whether in our communities or on social media.

It’s modeling Ephesians 4:29-32.

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2 Responses to A Smile and a Few Kind Words

  1. Jon Hughes says:

    Hi TC,

    This resonates with something I read just last night, at the beginning of the Dean Koontz novel, “From the Corner of his Eye”:

    “Each smallest act of kindness reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it’s passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away…Likewise, each small meanness, each expression of hatred, each act of evil.” (H. R. White, “This Momentous Day”)

    One wonders whether this sort of thing on a day-to-day basis is far more spiritually enriching than trying to work out correct theology and all the other things we take too seriously.

    Have a blessed day!

    • TC Robinson says:

      Jon,
      Thanks for sharing. That’s really powerful and practical. Yeah, I believe it’s this sort of thing on a day-to-day basis is what Jesus is hinting at in the Gospels. It’s there.

      And a blessed day to you too!

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