Smile Back


“Be cheerful. Keep things in good repair. Think in harmony. Be agreeable.” 2 Corinthians 13:11 (The Message)

Four short sentences of Eugene Peterson’s translation of the bible, titled “The Message,” pretty much sums up God’s command to love each other.
Be cheerful. No one likes a sourpuss. Last night I watched a movie called “Please Give.” It featured two families living next door to one another in a Manhattan apartment. The successful couple tried to befriend the cantankerous 91-year old grandma and her caretaker granddaughters. But it was as if the old lady and her granddaughters had never read 2 Corinthians 13:11.
After the credits rolled, I tried to analyze the title of the movie. Perhaps it meant to give more, give differently, or give to those who really appreciated a smile or gift of love. You may want to watch this 2010 movie and come up with your own answer.
Sometimes we want to impose our cheerfulness, good repairs, harmony, and agreeable nature on someone who just doesn’t get it or want it. Do we stop trying?
Dear Lord, when do we stop trying to get some to smile back? Amen.

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