A Smile

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. They are but trifles, to be sure but, scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. (Joseph Addison, 17th-18th century English essayist)

Along with rain and good soil, sunshine makes flowers. More than that, flowers look their best when the sun shines on them. To discover a flower while walking an isolated path is to feel a spiritual lift because of its beauty. As Addison suggests, your smile can enlighten someone’s spirit, like a burst of sunshine on a dark and cloudy day.

When they were discouraged, I smiled at them. My look of approval was precious to them. (Job 29:24)