Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Have you made anyone smile today?

I just wanted to take a few moments to encourage you. Today, why not find an opportunity to make someone smile?

Compliment a co-worker. Send an e-mail to your favorite newspaper writer and let them know what a fantastic job they're doing. Help an old lady across the street. Join the Peace Corps.

There are simple ways we can all contribute to make this world a better place. Plant a tree. Throw a couple ham slices over the fence for the neighbors dog. Maybe you own a traffic exchange? You could send an email to your entire list telling of the exciting cash reward pages in rotation, and then give away ten cents every once in a while.

Listen, with all this talk on Anderson 360 about how bad the economy is getting, we may all need to find new, practical ways to make a difference in the world around us. When was the last time you had a group of friends over just to wash their feet? Without knowing your answer, it's probably been too long.

We each should ask ourselves during this period, how can I be the outstretched hand of God to a lost, dying and hurting world? Have you seen the lines at the food banks lately? Put together some can goods and give them the Octuplets mom, or some other single mother you know who might be struggling.

Consider buying the new Delirious? CD. Pay the toll for the car behind you. Call a radio station and request a joyous, happy song.

I could go on and on, but I think you're getting my point. Let's go out of our way today to let someone know they are valued. Just remember, that person standing behind you in line at the Post Office this afternoon is probably 60 days behind on their mortgage payments. They may have just lost their automobile, or could be three weeks away from losing their job and don't even realize it. A simple smile and kind word might be just what they need today.

If you happen to be a Bible person, you might want to quote Romans 8:28 to them. Or, if you don't believe in the Bible, just tell them everything is going to be fine.

It's time to get focused, people, on serving one another. Remember, the song says it's all about love, love, love, love, love.

Today is a fantastic day to be happy to be alive, and to make someone feel that way as well. Get to work.

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