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)