To bless means to say good things. In this uncertain and generally negative world, each of us are hungry for blessings. Kind words directed our way can change the whole complexion of our day.
A friend and I experienced this firsthand in a Super Target. We each needed just one thing that day. As we approached the front registers to pay, it became quickly apparent that they were understaffed. A man who we now think was the manager came to the front to open an express line. His enthusiasm and propensity for happy words and expressions caused us to jump in his line. As he served each customer, smiles abounded and each of us waiting in line began anticipating what kind of “blessing” we would receive from him. After the woman three people in front of us had paid for all her items, she only-half-jokingly said that she was going to go do some more shopping so that she could get back in his line!
It was more than him calling women “good looking” or “sunshine.” It was his whole demeanor, his abundance of energy and his ability to make it sound sincere. It seemed to genuinely be part of his personality. We smiled as he calmly instructed his staff through his lapel microphone. Anyone who was not with a ‘guest’ was asked to come to the registers. “Don’t let me down, now. I’ve already told all these fine people how great you are!” Even after other employees had come to the registers, we were not about to leave his line!
We walked out of that store energized and talking of the effects of this man’s version of “blessing” others. We were encouraged. We were smiling. We noted how we were not the only ones hungry for such affirmation. Each of us need to be reminded often of our worth, importance and significance. We just never anticipated getting it from the Target man!
In the movie ‘The Help’, a black housekeeper continually tells the little white girl she is raising, “You is kind, you is smart and you is important!” That simply and poignantly sums it up.
Are you busy blessing others? It may be through words or actions. It may be a gentle reminder to a friend that they are loved or to a stranger that they are worth being acknowledged. It can be formal or informal, serious or conveyed with a smile. When given in the right spirit, it may change a day or even a lifetime. I encourage you to use whatever job you have been given, whatever station you are at in life, to find a way to bless others.
Seeking to Make Others Smile With You,