Service with a Smile

Everything you say and everything you do should all be done for Jesus, your Lord. And in all you do, give thanks to God the Father through Jesus.

Colossians 3:17 (ICB)

The Bible directs us to use our words and actions to bring glory and honor to God.

At home, in the workplace, and in social settings, our behaviors need to reflect and promote God’s will and character.

And the best way to get to know God’s will and character is by spending time with Him.

Sure, congregating with like-spirited individuals every Sunday has tremendous power. However, it’s more important that you spend one-on-one time with God.

We all have ideas of when and how often we should pray, read the Bible, and be in God’s presence, but it’s YOUR relationship with God—therefore, it’s your decision as to where and when you build with God.

Some say you should find a quiet area in your home (first thing in the morning), grab your Bible, pray, and let God speak to your heart.

Others say you should “check-in” mid-day to seek strength and wisdom in dealing with co-workers, family, and circumstances.

Then there’s the “talk to him before you go to bed” devotees—they believe that you should never go to bed without clearing the deck and making amends for the things you’ve done throughout the day.

And of course, we should always pray before a meal, before a job interview, before surgery, and for other people.

But the truth is, we’re not limited to when and how often we can communicate with God.

How about a nice little “thank you” after your meal? You can even thank him while you’re eating. You might also find it calming to pray during your interview. Not aloud, but in the same way you (probably) talk to yourself during an interview, you can speak to God.

And don’t get caught up on which words to use—just speak from the heart—talk to Him with the ease and comfort you converse with your closest friends.

That’s how you get to know God, and it’s in knowing Him that you’ll be able to deliver service with (a smile) love, respect, humility, and compassion to everyone else.

Remember, “Love and kindness are never wasted,” the author Barbara de Angelis once wrote, “They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.”

She was right.

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