Monday, July 10, 2006

Smile--Share one often with family

"...and she always faces tomorrow with a smile." Proverbs 31:25 (MSG)

Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.--Mother Teresa (in her Nobel lecture)

The scripture verse today is from the Proverbs 31 chapter that is known as the model of the perfect woman. Oh, to be that perfect. If you read the whole chapter, you find that this woman is never idle, works with her hands, makes her own clothing, is a business woman, promotes her husband's interests so that he is well-known, She rises before dawn to prepare breakfast and plan the day for her servant girls...WHOA! Servant girls?

Well, I could be more perfect if I had servant girls. But, no matter, of all the things she does, the easiest for us to emulate is the smile. Sure, there are some days that are more difficult to face than others but if we do that one small thing, smile, it somehow makes the day easier to face.

Sharing that smile with the family perks their day as well. It gives confidence, brightens gloom, and sheds love on those closest to us.

Mother Teresa's family was those she served. In their darkest hours her smile brought them hope. Her advice is well-taken. Share smiles with your family--often.

(Copyright 2006 Karen Robbins)

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