I admit I was distracted. But she was not deterred.
“Mama!” she yelled again.
“Yes, Sally?” I finally answered.
“I like your forehead, Mama. And your eyebrows!” she said in her sweetest voice.
“Well, thank you, Sally!” I said with a big smile on my face. I was really trying hard not to laugh. I can’t say I remember anyone ever complimenting my forehead or my eyebrows. Quite nice to hear, as this 46-year-old has begun the process of creams and serums to try to fight off wrinkles.
I have thought about her sweet words for weeks now. In her funny, precious way, she encouraged me. She made my day, put a smile on my face, and gave me a fun memory to replay over and over, even when doubt and insecurity sometimes shout other things in my direction.
It made me think. How often could we make someone’s day, put a smile on another’s face, give them some encouragement to combat the doubt and insecurity shouting at them? A sincere, simple compliment has great power to build up another in our daily path.
I have decided to listen to God more. Maybe He has a few things to say to others through me.
I have decided to see others as God sees them, a masterpiece which He took great pleasure in creating.
I decided to look people in the eyes more often, not to pass by so quickly eager to go on to the next thing on my list.
The beep, beep, beep sounded over and over again. A trip to Walmart for a family of 8 is quite an adventure. I watched the items go through one by one, and my thoughts wandered to the other errands left on my list.
But then I remembered my new resolve. I looked up at the cashier and smiled. I asked her how her day was going. Though the lines on her face spoke of many years of hard work and maybe hard times, I saw the prettiest blue eyes.
“You have the prettiest eyes.” The words spilled out before I could stop them. Before the question of “Will that sound weird?” affected my response.
She smiled bigger, and simply said, “Well, thank you.” But I saw it. I saw that she was encouraged, that she felt a little bit happier.
Once again, this little Asian 2-year-old taught me something God wanted me to remember.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…”