Is it just me or does it seem like smiles are few and far between these days? Is it the stress of the holiday season, the turning economy, or the war in Iraq that has robbed us of our smiles? I am a people watcher. I could sit in Starbucks and just watch people all day. I spent a couple hours this week studying in our newest Starbucks and that's what I noticed. Very few people smile anymore.
Smiles are contagious! Even the silly little smiley face makes me smile as I'm writing this. The next time you go out, make it a point to smile at people. Most people will smile right back at you, some will think you are up to something and get away from you. Not bad, the happy people will smile back and the grumpy people will get out of the way. Worth experimenting.
If we're not smiling it's assumed that we're not happy. I know that's not always accurate, but like it or not, that's the assumption. Then the questions start. Who are we mad at? What are we sad about? What's bothering us? On and on they go. If we're happy, then why not show it? If we're not, then why not fix it? One of the fruits of the Spirit is joy! As believers we should display outwardly the joy that we have inwardly so that others will be drawn to Christ. We used to sing a song in Sunday School that said "If You're Happy and You Know It..." clap your hands, stomp your feet, say amen. Here's an idea! If you're happy and you know it...SMILE!
I want all of our staff at Harvest to smile this Sunday! Smile big! Smile proud! So many people come to church beat down and worn out by this world and I think they deserve a smiling face meeting them at the door, sitting next to them in the pew, looking out at them from the platform.
I may even wear a white suit like Mr. Roarke and say, "Smiles, Everyone, Smiles".