When unexpected bad news hits home, it not only knocks the wind out of the one hurting, but it almost prevents them from wanting to breathe again. The sky becomes a mass of dark clouds that hides the sun, the hope of a brighter tomorrow. Their purpose for living turns into a heart-breaking challenge that they don’t want to face and all the things that they held dear to their heart suddenly mean nothing.
There is no better time to smile at someone than when they’re hurting. There’s no better time to say hello and pay them a compliment. Why? Because for one short second they sense that it’s not their fault and they have worth. For one short second someone else sees something good in them and it’s one second closer to them being able to see hope.
Smile, God loves you! It may be the one thing that gives a hurting person the hope that there is hope.
“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.”