I have always been the shy one. I have a hard time introducing myself or getting to know new people. I have a hard time striking up a conversation with anyone. I also get uncomfortable a lot. Growing up I wasn’t even able to order my own food at restaurants. I know I am a little ridiculous you don’t have to tell me.
Monkey man is just the opposite. He is constantly striking up a conversation with anyone who will listen and often with someone who doesn’t want to. To me this is quite nerve racking because I then need to not only translate some of what he is saying, I have to talk to someone I do not know. Someone I am not comfortable with and sometimes someone who I would see as dangerous.
Well the other day I had a talk with my son about talking to strangers. I was telling him how we shouldn’t be talking to strangers, they can be dangerous and we should only talk to people we know. Isn’t that what we are supposed to tell our children?
Well my sweet little boys response was not only shocking, but has forever changed my way of thinking. My sweet boy said “but mommy how am I supposed to make them smile.” How am I supposed to make them smile? My sweet little man has set out to make the world smile. So I began to talk to him about this desire.
“Baby why do you want them to smile?”
“I want to be their friend.”
He wants to be their friend. My sweet boy sees someone who is walking by, reading a text message, or cleaning up trash and wants to be their friend. He doesn’t see that the guy on the street corner is covered in filth and missing teeth. He sees someone who he can make smile and be a friend to. He doesn’t see the business man in the doctors office that is far to busy answering his emails then to care what a three year old wants, he sees a guy who is far to serious and could use a smile. He sees the world as we should. He walks in love just as Jesus did.
Isn’t this what God wants us to do? Know and love our neighbor? Make each others lives better. What would happen if we all just took a chance to smile as we walked by someone? If we said hello? If we asked how someone was doing and genuinely wanted to know the answer?