Read Philippians 2:1-4
Mamie Adams always went to a specific post office in her town because the employees were friendly. On one busy afternoon she stopped by to purchase a few stamps. While waiting in the long line, a man pointed out that she didn’t have to wait, she could get her stamps at a machine in the lobby. “I know,” Mamie said, “but the machine won’t ask me about my arthritis.”
People need a tender touch. Did you know that babies who are held grow faster; that the touch of a hand lowers blood pressure; a smile releases some good hormones in your body and generally causes others to smile back? You and I are going to cross paths with people who are hot-tempered, disgruntled, impatient and discouraged. You could turn their bad day into a good one with a kind word and a smile. Dale Carnegie once said, “You may forget tomorrow the kind word you said today, but the recipient of that kind word will cherish it all their life.” I’ll bet someone comes to your mind right now who changed your life with a word of encouragement or praise.
The Bible says, “A good word makes a heart glad.” (Proverbs 12:25) Have you looked into a child’s face after you’ve praised him? Have you seen his smile; watched his face light up? You can’t see it, but his heart is glad.
There are many young people who need someone to show them how to live. There are seniors like Mamie Adams who need someone who will spend time with them. There are angry people who need a gentle word; hurting people who need a tender touch. You and I can reach out and give that to them. And when we do, hearts are happy and everyone wins!
Reach out and touch that neighbor who hates you;
Reach out and touch that stranger who meets you’
Reach out and touch the brother who needs you;
Reach out and let the smile of God touch thro’ you. –Brown
The common tasks are beautiful if we have eyes to see their shining ministry.
(Grace Noll Crowell)
Changing You, Little by Little