In Others’ Words: Smile, Smile, Smile

What made you smile recently?

Do you have a smile to share with someone today? Ever stop to think how your smile — yes, your smile — could accomplish good in someone else’s life?

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  1. January 25, 2013, 5:28 am   /  Reply

    When I worked retail, a smile and a kind word after a customer had a (usually ) unreasonable meltdown was enough to make me cry. So please, be kind to those dear hearts who work retail!

    I remember when a deaf family came into the clothing store where I worked, my boss and I could see them signing and she looked at me and said “I do believe YOU’RE the one to help them.”
    I walked up to the people and signed “Hello, can I help you?”
    They went NUTS! They were in the store for an hour and a half! I had to interpret, to my boss, their very enthusiastic opinion of me. I was actually melting from embarrassment, and they knew it, I blush easily. My boss ate it up.

    A smile says “you matter”.
    So whenever I’m in line and the person ahead of me acts like a twit to the person behind the counter, I always smile and say “I worked retail, I understand.”
    My smile, and yours, is a tiny way to bring Jesus into someone’s day.

    • Jeanne T
      January 25, 2013, 6:47 am   /  Reply

      Beautiful stories, Jennifer. 🙂

      • Beth Vogt
        January 25, 2013, 9:55 am   /  Reply

        Thank you for sharing that story, Jennifer! And yes, a smile does say you matter!

  2. January 25, 2013, 5:52 am   /  Reply

    I am a music teacher in an elementary school. Yesterday a kindergarten student smiled up at me as she walked out of my class and said, “You’re the best teacher I ever had.”

    I smiled because in my mind I thought, “You haven’t had a lot to choose from.” 🙂 Oh well, I’ll take it where I can get it!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 25, 2013, 9:56 am   /  Reply

      Yes, embrace that compliment! It made me smile!

  3. January 25, 2013, 6:46 am   /  Reply

    I’m seriously blown away by the skies God keeps bringing every morning. It’s been like a show around here. Yep, they bring a smile every time!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 25, 2013, 9:56 am   /  Reply

      I am a long-time lover of sunrises and sunsets … God’s masterpieces.

  4. Jeanne T
    January 25, 2013, 6:50 am   /  Reply

    My kids have already given me reasons to smile this morning. Thankfully it’s one of THOSE mornings, rather than the other kind I’ve been having this week.

    I always try to give a smile to people who serve me in restaurants or stores. A smile can make a difference in someone’s day.

    • Beth Vogt
      January 25, 2013, 9:57 am   /  Reply

      Ah, thank God for “those” kind of mornings …

  5. January 25, 2013, 7:26 am   /  Reply

    Fun, I love your daughter’s smile, Beth.

    What made me smile today: A text from Lindsay Harrel reminding me it’s only three weeks til we get to hang out in Phoenix! 🙂

    And…waking up and realizing it’s Friday. 🙂

    • Beth Vogt
      January 25, 2013, 9:57 am   /  Reply

      Two good reasons to smile.
      Friends are one of the best reasons to smile … over and over again.

  6. January 25, 2013, 7:35 am   /  Reply

    What made me smile recently is Krista’s photo!
    Smiling over here :0)

    • Beth Vogt
      January 25, 2013, 9:57 am   /  Reply

      I know I’m biased, Gloria, but isn’t that the most fun photo?

  7. January 25, 2013, 7:59 am   /  Reply

    I smiled & sensed God smiled as college Anthropolocy class went well last night. Realized I’ve been friends w/ author of 1st chap. He’s been in my home in Canada, took me to a Hutterite colony, brought them to us–gave me friendships & knowledge I can share 1st-hand today–grateful.

    • Beth Vogt
      January 25, 2013, 9:58 am   /  Reply

      Oh the places you’ll go, oh the people you’ll meet …
      It’s your theme song!

  8. January 25, 2013, 8:01 am   /  Reply

    I love to smile! Everything seems to make me smile. Precious picture!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 25, 2013, 9:59 am   /  Reply

      Thanks, Jess.
      And you have a great laugh too.

  9. January 25, 2013, 8:05 am   /  Reply

    Your photo of Krista made me smile! And my niece’s beginning road to recovery…and a friend’s very delicate but successful brain surgery…God.

    • Beth Vogt
      January 25, 2013, 9:59 am   /  Reply

      Reason to smile in one word: God.

  10. January 25, 2013, 8:39 am   /  Reply

    Love the photo! Great smile. And hm. I did smile last night when my agent was sufficiently blown away by a twist in my plot he didn’t see coming. Though it was more like an evil grin, cause I know it’s only going to get crazier! It makes you smile when people read your stuff and enjoy it! I’m sure you know how that feels, Beth! Hope we all have lots of reasons to smile today!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 25, 2013, 10:00 am   /  Reply

      Ah, the writer smile of “Watch out, imaginary characters … your lives are in my hands …”

      Yeah, love that smile.

  11. January 25, 2013, 11:22 am   /  Reply

    What a wonderful picture and smile. I love her hair. New do?

    • Beth Vogt
      January 25, 2013, 6:06 pm   /  Reply

      That’s actually a much younger photo of CJ, Kim.
      I think about kindergarten-first grade.
      She was styling back then too!

      • January 25, 2013, 10:22 pm   /  Reply

        Really? She doesn’t look that young. She’s ageless and stylish and happy. How wonderful!

  12. January 25, 2013, 5:31 pm   /  Reply

    My son and dil gave us a calender with pictures of our oldest granddaughter and it makes us smile every time we open the refrigerator.
    By the way, her little sister was born Dec. 15. Too late to make the 2013 calender.

  13. Beth Vogt
    January 25, 2013, 6:07 pm   /  Reply

    Oh, I love photo calendars. I make one every year — and multiples of it for each married couple in the family. They all enjoy the look back at the previous year!

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