It Starts With a Smile

When Nancy and I first moved to Japan, we lived downtown. We only had one car and our apartment didn’t have a washing machine. To wash our clothes, Nancy would carry them to the base and wash them at the base Laundromat. During her many treks to and from the base, she would pass by older Japanese women. She would try to catch their eye and give them a smile, but in their culture it was respectful to look down when passing by someone. It was kind of a game with Nancy. She would try to get their attention, and whenever she did, she would give them a big smile. When they saw her smile, their face lit up as well.

We Christians have more reason than anyone to smile. The joy inside us is not dependent on circumstances; no matter what the world throws at us, they cannot steal our joy. So share it. The world needs to see it.


As an unknown author once wrote:

A smile costs nothing but gives so much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it often lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the sign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and it is nature’s best antidote for trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen – for it is something that has no value to anyone until it is given away. Some are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has none to give.

As I said earlier, Christians have more reason than anyone to smile. The joy that we have in Jesus is our reason to smile. As Peter writes: “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:8-9, NIV)


Do you believe that? If so, let your face know it, and share the joy with others. They need it.