Today I realized the power of the smile.
I have been in Greece for four weeks now and am really enjoying my time here even though most of the time I can't understand the people around me. One of the things I really enjoy is picking up my cousins from school. Usually there is a bunch of girls that walk
to the school gate together when I pick up my cousin Christina.
The first couple times I went to pick my cousins up I would smile at the girls. After about two weeks I had learned a little Greek and knew how to say hello, "Yasas". So I would say, "Yasas" whenever I would see the children from the school.
One girl in particular would say "Hi Sammy" every time she saw me.
Well today I went to go pick up my cousins from school and the girl came up to me gave me a note and then ran away smiling. I opened the note and it said, "Hi Sammy, You are very beautiful and you have beautiful hair. Christina is very lucky that she has you for a cousin! I love you!" It hit me then the power of the smile.
I remembered all the times (there has been a lot) that Greeks would come up to me and say (my relatives translating) “You are so happy.” Or the time my cousin’s grandma (who lives with them) said, “Sammy is always so happy.” Or how every time the kids from my cousin’s school saw me they smiled, waved, and tried to pronounce my name (when they say my name it sounds like Salami). All of this happened because I smile.
I have been praying that I would be able to glorify God during this
trip and had not really felt like I had been doing much. I realized that when I smiled it not only made me feel better, but it brought joy to those around and it made them see that there is something different about me.
So I just want to encourage you to smile, because a smile translates into any language. A smile will not only make your life better, but it will also brighten the day of those around you. -- Sammy