A wise man once told me, “a smile crosses over all language barriers.”
That wise man was Mr. Bill Haring. He served many years as a missionary in Mexico. He and his amazing wife and five children had “given up a lot” to GO, but if you ask him, he would tell you that it was his honor to serve the Lord in that way. I remember sitting at his feet (literally, I sat on the floor beside him) asking him to impart wisdom to me as I would be going on my first mission trip out of the country since becoming a mom. He shared stories of miracles and stories of the power of the Holy Spirit and has continued to share many tidbits of knowledge throughout the years. I have taken his wisdom and used it to prepare every single mission team since that meeting.
Many things happen when a smile is exchanged. That moment of hesitation as the locals try to figure out what a new person is doing in their neck of the woods. Maybe a little confusion.
But then, it happens. One smiles first. Perhaps a little wave. And just like that, the barrier is gone. He was right about the smiles. It is a simple gesture that means so much. It says, “I see you.” You are important. You are noticed.
- Pat someone on the shoulder.
I am thankful that the smile is universal. It is sweet, simple encouragement.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up.”