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Here is the Daily Dose for Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health. Proverbs 15:30
When I was a little boy in church, my fondest goal was to be able to sit with “the big kids.” You see growing up in church you have to sit with your parents until you are old enough to sit with the older kids in the “kids section” of the balcony. That was where the fun was. You see, being with the big kids meant you were older, could be trusted on your own, and most importantly that you could laugh and whisper with your friends during service. For all the good that came with sitting with the big kids, there was one thing that I did not count on in sitting with the big kids, the look.
Sitting with the big kids meant you did not have to sit with your parents, but you were never out of their eyesight. This meant that your parents couldn’t shush you or pinch you, but they could from a distance give you, or all of you at the same time, the look. You see the look is that stare that God gifts parents with that makes a child shudder, immediately straighten up, and all conversation stops instantaneously. The look was so powerful that you didn’t have to see it to feel it. A friend of mine while talking stopped and said of his mother, “She’s looking at me isn’t she?” He didn’t turn around; he didn’t look towards her, he just knew he was getting the look.
While “the look” has the power to straighten children out in church, a look has the power to either brighten or ruin someone’s day. You see the countenance that we carry affects people. If you look at them with a smile and joy on your face, it may brighten their day and bring light into their lives. By contrast, if you look at them with anger and disdain, it can bring a dark cloud of gloom into their day making it sad and lonely. So as you go throughout your day, remember that you too have the power of “the look.” Use that power to brighten days and spread light. After all, minutes after you look at someone, someone may look at you.