Hello ladies. This is Calico Mom filling in while Cassie and Bekah are settling back in from their trip to Lithuania. They arrived back home from a 10 hour flight late last night\early this morning. I hear the campground they worked at looks a lot like Michigan and that they got lots of work done. I can't wait to look at all their pictures! [I'm sure you'll be seeing them too!]
In the meantime I've been thinking about posting a story for you to ponder. A few days ago I had an experience that left me teary-eyed in the grocery store.
I was wandering down the snack aisle one evening after a late baseball practice (taking my time like I usually do) when I happened to glance at a young man coming toward me. He was heavily tattooed and dirty as if he'd worked hard all day. I looked right into his eyes and gave him a big smile. He appeared startled, then seemed to realize that a return smile was in order. He grinned at me and continued down the aisle. He was much quicker at his selection than I and quickly reversed course to the front of the store. He walked past me, then slowed to a stop. From about twenty feet away he muttered, "Ma'am?"
No, I am not here to encourage you to hug strangers. :) I'm just a touchy-feely kinda Mom. Just a couple of points to ponder:
1. A smile made this man's day brighter and it was so easy! One of my favorite challenges when I was working was to get EVERY person who walked through the library door to smile at me. What great fun!! I quite often would hear comments about my big cheerful smile :)
|Spoiler alert! This is Mr. Happy, he lives with our family and helps us remember to smile. Recently he traveled to Lithuania on a mission trip. Here he is lending a helping hand!|
2. I cried as I thought about what this young man had done to himself: even his face and forehead were heavily tattooed. He was obviously brought up to be polite and had a tender heart, but for the rest of his life, he will be judged first on his appearance, as unfair as that may seem. He had beautiful blue eyes and a wonderful smile, but: he looked scary! He may very well be sweet as a puppy inside but many, many people will never know his true nature. He made choices early in life that will follow him forever and may very well separate him from the very thing he seeks most: approval and kindness. How sad. How like Satan to deceive a man made in the image of our Lord!
3. Of course, as young ladies you must be cautious of attracting the wrong kind of attention from men, but using your common sense and listening to the Lord will keep you safe. Everyone deserves a happy smile from modestly dressed girls! :)
You're not too busy. It doesn't take any time at all if you keep one ready!
Don't be grouchy. You represent the KING OF THE UNIVERSE!!!
Try it. You'll like it! Everyone will be happier!
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart.