The Simple Things

Think for a moment on the little things in life:

A smile is contagious. Beginning with one person, a smile can be transferred from one person to the next creating a continuous chain-reaction of positivity. Genuine smiles can ease the negative tensions in people and put them in a happier mood. So, put a smile on that face!

An encouraging word is priceless. Have you ever been at the end of your rope, thinking that no one cared about you? Have you ever stood in the middle of a crowd, yet you still felt alone? All we want is for someone to say something nice to us. Someone asking, “How are you?” and sincerely meaning it can change our outlook from night to day. Just a little word of encouragement makes us feel valued. Remember that feeling? Do you help others to feel that way? Spread some encouragement on a world with your words.

An attentive ear that listens. It is useful. With our ears we can hear the sounds of nature. We can listen to the sweet harmony of singing. An ear can also listen and comfort someone who needs a friend. Have you ever needed that person? Be that person for someone else and just take the time to listen.

A comforting hug spreads love. Have you ever had a random hug from someone? It made us feel special and appreciated. Hugs have comforted us when something was wrong and words just were not enough. I have read that seven to eight hugs a day are needed for a balanced mental health. Show people you care for them.

It is amazing the power that exists in what we consider to be the simplest things. As Christians we have the ability to use these tools to encourage, uplift, and comfort one another when needed. So, let us “rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15). Remember the words of Galatians 6:1,2: “if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently…Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” We may not always be able to do the big things, but small stuff can be just as or even more effective.

Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.” (I Corinthians 14:26).