We woke and headed out to the frigid temperatures to man the kettle and ring the bells for the Salvation Army. An annual event for our family continues to bless us with good cheer. We intentionally greet each person entering the store and we smile and say “Good Morning” and “Merry Christmas.” Everyone returns a cordial nod and most put donations in our kettle.
Today I “trained” some 11-year-old girls on the importance of greeting each individual and offering them a Hershey’s kiss whether they donated or not. I explained to them that our purpose for being there was two-fold. One, to collect donations for our community and two, to share the joy and spread the love by simply speaking, greeting and smiling. We definitely accomplished both.
How we treat people in our lives is very important. God loves us and he wants us to love each other. This morning our group of bell-ringers served God by loving his children. It is my hope that people felt a little better after sharing a smile. I encourage you all to make eye contact and greet those people outside of stores whether you choose to donate or not, just as I encouraged the girls today to greet each person respectfully whether they gave or not. The gift may not be monetary, it may be the gift of a smile or just a few moments of kindness. Today individuals shared smiles, jokes, and cash and all were much appreciated.
Then, when you enter the store, share the smile with the clerks and fellow customers, go home and share the kindness with your family and continue to do so with everyone you meet.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
— 1 Corinthians 13:2New International Version (NIV)