// Your grace is enough. More than I need. At Your word I will believe. //

This Is Our God: Hillsong Chapel

Just a dash of love can change a heap of problems.

Welcome, Chasers!!

Moving right along this month. Last week we’ve learned in this season of busy, it’s ok to breathe and take a moment to yourself. That it’s ok to delegate out your work load. You’re not a burden. Find out more in Under The Weather. This week we’re learning how to deal with the people that just want to bring you down this season.

Have you ever just met someone who is the thorn in your side? No matter how nice, or how good you are or can be; they’re not going to budge. Sometimes they even get worse. Sound familiar? Practice this one technique.

Smile.

Last week we learned the simplicity of breathing. Now it’s time to smile. You may or may not know the story of your “thorn.” You may never know the story. You’re not the fixer, but you can be a friend in time of need.

Too often we as human beings want the microwave, easy button. The instant fix. The key to unlocking ALL the doors. In reality, it just doesn’t happen. You have to work at it. Build a relationship. Be vulnerable.

The simple truth is your “thorn” may never “come around.” That’s got to be ok for you. Otherwise, you’re leaving yourself open to a door full of disappointments and hurt.

Now. Smile.

Smiling does something to you. Our bodies naturally produce a frown. Especially when that has become our normal. To smile you move so many muscles, it takes focus. There’s that word again! Our focus can be our best friend or our dooming pitfall. It just depends on where our focus lays.

Smiling is contagious. It causes someone else to actually focus on that even for just a moment. Are you smiling at them? Are you smiling to smile? Could you actually be the difference today that reminds them it’s going to be ok?

Any of these situations could be true. Like stated before, you don’t know someone else’s story. Your smile could save a life. While that may be the drastic side of things it’s a side of possibility. You have to be willing to be yourself. Raw and real. People are tired of fake. Tired of the same phony people giving the same phony life just to impress this big phony world. What if?

What if you were the change? What if your organic true smile to love was more than enough? You may not be remembered today, tomorrow, or ever. But for a single moment, it changed a life to pull focus from a negative to a positive.

There’s a story, I’m not sure who told it first. However, to them be the credit.

There once was a man strolling in the sand. He looked up to see a boy who also was walking the shore. Busy minded as can be this boy caught his focus. The boy bent down every couple of steps. Not realizing what was going on. He moved closer to the kid. He looked and saw there were many starfish along the water line. Truly they covered as far as the eye could see. Gazing at the boy again. He continued to bend down and toss them in the ocean. For the man this was irrational. Surely the boy could not possibly throw ALL the starfish back to the sea. So the man told the boy just that. “What difference will you make?” The boy stunned by the man’s statement. He then reached down. Grabbed a starfish. Then tossed it to the sea. With a smile on his face, he simply exclaimed: “I made a difference for that one.” Then proceeded along his way.

You see the Scrooge culture of the world. Doesn’t want to be happy. They don’t desire to be your friend. They much like starfish become helpless and lay there. They don’t expect anyone to help them. They are good being right where they are. BUT along comes a “boy” who shows them they’ve got the potential to be more than they could ever imagine. But like the starfish, they may never see that “boy” ever again. The impact was made. A difference was made. You can be the difference.

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,”

‭‭James‬ ‭1:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”

‭‭John‬ ‭15:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Remember you’re not their fixer. Only Jesus can do that. However, you can be a friend. An encourager. A smile. It may not seem like you’re doing much. Mist of the time it could even seem like you just make it worse. Yet simple acts of kindness will have a lasting impact. Join us next week as we learn another simple truth.

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