Three rules should be observed before one speaks:
Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?
It takes so little to make us sad--
Just a slighting word or a doubting sneer,
Just a scornful smile on some lips held dear
And our footsteps lag, though the goal seemed near,
And we lose the courage and hope we had--
So little it takes to make us sad.
It takes so little to make us glad--
Just a cheering clasp of a friendly hand,
Just a word from one who can understand,
And we finish the task we long had planned,
And we lose the doubt and the fear we had--
So little it takes to make us glad.
Author: Ida G. Morris
Proverbs 25:11 "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver."
I have had to get a job due to my husband not being able to find a job and his health being an issue as to what he can do. I now work at Garden Ridge where I am a cashier. I really do like the job. I love interacting with the customers and getting to be a testimony for the Lord to them and those I work with.
This poem spoke to me as being so true. I have customers that I see standing in line to check out and they appear tired, stressed and even grumpy. When they walk up to my register I try to remember that I don't know what they are facing to make them appear that way. I ask the Lord each day and throughout my time at work to help me to put a smile on the customers faces and somehow brighten their day. I believe the Lord has let me do just that. I try to be cheerful and put a smile on my face when I greet them. Almost every time the customer will smile back and be cheerful in response to my greeting them. I've even gotten the opportunity to share my testimony with a couple of them. That has proven to be a real blessing as well. It almost caused one woman to just about shout right there at my register. That blessed my heart tremendously!!!
So the next time you see someone who seems to have had a rough time and seems to be down...just smile and cheerfully say hello. Just that little bit can make a world of difference.