To encourage you today...
A pastor tells the story of how, during the twelve years of his pastorate at one particular church, he had a custom during the Sunday morning service of calling the children forward just before his sermon so that the children could go to a special "children's church" and hear a message geared especially for them. As the children walked past the pulpit the pastor made it a point to smile at each child. In return, he received their smiles. The pastor felt it was one of the high points of the service and looked forward to it each and every Sunday.
One day, however, the pastor apparently missed smiling at one little girl. The curly-headed four-year-old jumped out of line and ran to her mother where she sobbed as if her heart was broken.
After the service the pastor sought out the mother to find out just what had happened. The mother explained that after her child had quieted down, she asked the reason for her tears.
The little girl said,
"I smiled at God today, but he didn't smile back at me!"
The pastor later reflected,
"To that little child, I stood for God.
I had failed with my smile, and so her world went dark."
Maybe SMILES are more important than we think!?
Love to you~