This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “smile.”
As is often the case, when I saw the FMF prompt today, the first thing that came to mind was a song.
Today it was the musical Annie and “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.”
Then I got thinking, that’s a bit of a problem these days.
I promise, I am smiling under there, but how would you know?
And it’s a problem because in a world of social distancing, where our interactions are so often characterised by apprehension and avoidance, a friendly smile makes a big difference.
And yet, the masks are necessary, so, for now, we have to find a different way to smile. I certainly don’t want to go out there not “fully dressed,” and I want to do what I can to bring even a little bit of joy to people who are fearful or struggling.
I like how Paul describes it:
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. (Colossians 3:12-15 NLT)
If we clothe ourselves in this way, then even if they can’t physically see our smile, people will see it in our attitudes and in our actions.
And a smile can make all the difference!
So, in case you need a little musical inspiration…