As I was reading the Sunday paper today, I came across the obituary column. I looked at the pictures and inevitably each person had a big smile on their face. I know it’s important to have been happy in this life, but I began to realize that our measure of success in our lives is not in the possessions we have accumulated, the feats we have accomplished or how broadly we have smiled. Our true measure of success is measured by the smiles that we have put on the faces of other people. Have we cheered someone up, who has suffered a loss or setback? Have we been a friend to someone who felt alone and defeated? Have we fed the hungry, brought healing to the suffering, or clothed those who needed protection? Have we seen the smile of a man with his dog on the street with a sign asking for money, after we’ve given him all that was in our billfold? Have tears welled up in our eyes when they thanked us? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you have found a measure of success. If the answer is yes to many of these things, then you have loved and lifted up the son of God.
Matthew 25:35-40New King James Version (NKJV)
35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
By serving others, we serve God and we serve ourselves. By serving others, smiles light up a darkened world. Smile.
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