An Assignment to Smile

Sunday, October 3, 2010


I was supposed to go to the zoo yesterday with my oldest son and grandchildren but it was so cold and rainy all day that we called it off then Triond is running a promotion with increased earnings for more articles for this month and the next, so I decided I would make use of the time by being productive. 

The weekend has to be used to be productive and to try and make a few cents as my youngest son has been looking for work and he and I are on a cell phone plan together. He could not come up with his portion of our bill. I could mine, but not his, so we can receive calls but not make them. The error is partly because of a retailer missing up our service plan, which they finally corrected, but not before the phones were turned off.

Sunday, I received a call from my grandson Charles asking me to come get him for church this morning and I gladly agreed, but my car did not co-operate. After trying as many times as I dared, I started walking. Just before I got to where he is staying he called again  to ask what was taking so long. I had to tell him that my car would not start and I was walking because I did not want him to think I stood him up. (Dependability means a lot to me.)

My daughter Ruby's husband, Aaron, was kind enough to drop us off and pick us up after-wards as church is considerably farther. It was cold and rainy, but church is always warm and friendly. I am so glad he called. I may have stayed home, not having any way to call anyone if it had not been for him and Aaron.

Attending my church is like going out to eat where they have an all you can eat smorgasbord. You get full (spiritually) while you are there, and (unlike the smorgasbord) you go home with a doggy bag. I thought I would share my doggy bag with you. This was on the back page of our church bulletin:

The mother of three aged 14 -3 was attending her last class before she graduated college. She was given an assignment in sociology class to smile at three people. She had no idea this would be anything other than a normal day for her, as she stated she is friendly and always smiles.

The day started out unremarkable. She, her husband and youngest went to McDonald's for  breakfast. It was a cold crisp morning, nothing unusual for March and the line was long. Suddenly an indescribable odor hit her and she noted that everyone in the line was moving as if under threat. An overwhelming panic rose within her before she even knew why people were acting that way. As she turned around she was face to face with two incredibly unkempt homeless men. The odor was horrible, like dirty body.

She looked at the smiling face of the shorter gentleman. She described his eyes as beautiful sky blue. She felt they were full of God's light as he searched her face for acceptance. He was clutching a few coins and started to count them out to purchase coffee for himself and the other man. She watched the interaction between the two of them and determined the other to be mentally challenged and the blue eyed gentleman seemed to be taking care of his friend. When the young lady at the counter asked what they wanted, as the other customers were no longer in line, the gentleman placed the stacked coins on the counter saying "Coffee is all, Miss."

The student quickly summed up the situation and felt a compulsion so great she could not stop herself. She ordered breakfast for both the men. She realized they were taking their last cent to buy coffee because they needed to warm up. She felt the eyes of all the other customers on her but she felt a stronger urge and had to follow it. She reached for the hand of the blue eyed gentleman. His eyes were tearing up. So were hers. She patted his hand and told him softly "I did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope."

She did well on her assignment as she turned in the story I just shared with you, but she gave hope to more than one gentleman that day. What a precious gift. We have not because we ask not, but we could take this a step further, we have not because we give not.

Love you and God bless! 


8 comments:

CHAN LEE PENG October 3, 2010 at 10:55 PM  

You found warmth and friendliness in a church and it's definitely a harbor for you to rest your tiring spirit.

Yes, she gave hope to that blue eyes gentleman. The last coin he took out was just for a cup of coffee to survive in his vigorously struggling life.

SquirrelQueen October 4, 2010 at 4:19 AM  

That is a really beautiful story Judy, the world needs more people to show such kindness to others. Thank you for sharing.

Anne Lyken-Garner October 4, 2010 at 8:49 AM  

I was very touched by your story. I wonder if it's true. Even if it isn't, what a remarkable way to share God's love with our brothers and sisters.
People can be so mean. No matter how bad someone smells, his heart can still break just as easily as ours. We should still treat him as a human being.

Judy Sheldon-Walker October 4, 2010 at 9:16 PM  

Chan, church is indeed a harbor for my weary soul.

Judy, we do need more kind souls.

Anne, the story truly touched me. I am glad someone was brave enough to follow the spirit's leading.

Icy BC October 8, 2010 at 7:52 AM  

This is a beautiful story and brought tears to my eyes. It makes me wonder what I'd have done if the situation was in my hands..Something to keep in mind..

DoanLegacy October 8, 2010 at 9:18 AM  

Beautiful story, and truly a testament to God's wonderful work!

Ruthi October 9, 2010 at 9:47 PM  

what a wonderful story to meditate on the blessings that we receive from God through other people. thanks for sharing.

Self Sagacity October 10, 2010 at 1:40 AM  

Very kind and wonderful of your daughter. It is rare to look beyond the outer image. She did great. What if god was one of those men?

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