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Daily Devotional: Hospitality (Day 4)

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Key Scripture

Psalm 126:2 English Standard Version (ESV)

“Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church

HospitalityDay 4

If you encounter someone on the street and they smile and acknowledge you, do you feel threatened or are you inclined to smile back?  As for myself, I feel much more at ease if someone I may not know offers me that kind of greeting. For today’s writing and the letter “S” in hospitality, I chose the word smile.

A joyful expression can go a long way when you are reaching out to those in need or to a guest you want to welcome.  Consider these 4 things that a smile can communicate:

  1.       A smile is more than an expression. Smiling isn’t just something your face does. If we have a joyful spirit, it will be shown in our body language and in our countenance.
  2.       A smile is a mindset. Smiling begins before our first interaction with someone and does not end when that interaction does. It communicates our state of mind. It helps form a first impression and puts people at ease.
  3.       A smile is an attitude. Smiling tells our story beyond that first impression. That smile conveys our joy of who we are in Christ. It says that we are happy to be there at that moment.
  4.       Most important: A smile is an invitation. Smiling sets a tone. It establishes a rapport and initiates trust.  People feel they are among friends.

We, as humans, crave connection with each other and a smile encourages us to make that connection.  In today’s world, we tend to size each other up and to label each other. Offering someone a smile breaks down those barriers and encourages us to find similarities.  Our flaws, blemishes and idiosyncrasies make us more interesting to each other and rather than letting our differences separate us, let’s celebrate them with a SMILE.

Today’s Prayer

We are guilty of judging and putting labels on each other. Help us to break down those barriers of judgement and offer a genuine smile. We pray for opportunities to create connections.

About the Author

[ Kay Pflueger ]

Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at mommapfluegs@gmail.com.