Why are we drawn to people who smile? Probably because a smile is contagious, affirming, reassuring, attractive, and inviting.
Children love a teacher who smiles a lot. That makes them feel safe.
At the end of the school year, educators evaluate the year. They consider the highlights, and reflect on what could be improved. When I was an administrator, I used to ask the teachers to complete a brief questionnaire. The form was a way of gathering feedback regarding what went well, what could be changed for the coming year, and how I could better help them in the future.
Regarding how I could better assist them, I was surprised to read the same remark from several teachers. “Keep smiling.”
I reflected on what message I was sending when I smiled. I communicated that I was pleased with them, all was going well, and learning was fun.
I love to imagine God pleased with me. Smiling at me in approval.
What pleases God?
Here are some verses that give us a hint of what might make Him smile at us.
“The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” Psalm 147:11
“For the Lord takes delight in his people; He crowns the humble with victory.” Psalm 149:4
“…but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 9:24
“Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:4
Most children get one negative comment to five positive comments each day.
Children with ADHD get five negative comments to one positive comment each day.
Imagine what a sincere smile could do for a child with ADHD.