If you could change the world, how would you do it?
Would you negotiate world peace or discover a way to feed the hungry? Create a process for manufacturing enough clean water for the whole world?
Discover the cure for cancer?
End Human trafficking?
Write a piece of literature that inspired people to break down their anger and build up their forgiveness?
What if you could set in motion a chain reaction that literally spanned the globe and affected generations of people?
What if I told you that you could do that very thing with just one act of sincerity?
I won’t lie – it’ll take some nerve (the 7th, with a possible application of the 3rd, 4th, 11th, and 12th) to pull this off and you will have to put some muscle (upwards of 43) into it.
All you have to do is smile.
As naive or foolish as you might think I am, I stand by the fact that a smile can change the world.
You see, a smile is more than a facial expression. A smile can be heard when you speak, it can be seen in your body language, and it can be perceived by strangers and friends alike without any complex knowledge of you or your personality.
Imagine it: You get up in the morning and vow that you will find some way to muster up the most honest, most-happy smile you can muster mister (or misses) for every person whose ocular cavities scan your oral cavern. Not one of those fake I’m-going-to-stalk-you-with-my-teeth smiles, but a genuine I-know-there-is-hope smiles. If you really want to be bold, say something positive after it.
“Have a great day!”
These kinds of double-down world-changing phrases will supercharge the effect of your smile by showing someone who needs it that you are acknowledging them directly, not just randomly smiling at things that move into your field of vision.
Try it on your spouse, your kids, your next door neighbor, your teachers, fellow employees, and even your boss. Really mess with them by telling them how grateful you to know them and thank them for being a part of your life.
You will likely blow their minds.
And light a fuse.
See, we get to caught up in wanting to do something memorable. Something huge. Something romantic and dangerous. Jesus told us in Matthew 11:30, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. Yet time and time again we act as though the burden we carry is mountainous; that we have some heavy, back-breaking task set before us that is going to take more than we’re willing to give, and leave us with less than we need.
We drowned ourselves in religious rules and harsh judgment believing that we are set apart for a single moment of our lives when we’re called by God to give everything.
We’re not called to do anything except Love God and our neighbors.
What could be easier than a smile?
What can lighten the mood of an entire room? A smile.
What can turn a stranger’s bad day, bad news, or bad demeanor around? A smile.
No, it won’t always work, but I bet if you spend one day or even one morning toting around a bag full of face grace and kind words in your heart, you are going to find miraculous changes going on.
One of those changes just might be you.
Challenge a friend. Challenge a stranger.
And don’t forget – you share a soul connection to the Holy Spirit with a direct dial option for Jesus and Abba Father. Even if it looks like you have failed to make anyone smile, God can use your every effort, action and thought to create opportunity.
All because you smiled.
God created us in His image. Isn’t it about time we started living like it?
People around you need hope, and God may have positioned you to be the only dispenser available.