Never underestimate the value of a smile! One of the most important things that greeters bring to their ministry is a welcoming smile. Sure, there are days when we don’t feel much like smiling because we all have challenges in life – physical, emotional, and sometimes even spiritual. But it is exactly because we have troubles that we should smile!
Our smiles show that joy is not found in the stuff of life but in the Lord of life!
Our smiles show that struggling people are welcome here!
Because we know that many of those who enter our doors are having a tough time, our warm smiles in their direction can be a ray of sunshine on their cloudy day.
Dale Carnegie’s most famous books is How to Win Friends and Influence People. In it, he writes the following:
It costs nothing but creates much.
It enriches those who receive, and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.
None are so rich they can get along without it, and none so poor but are richer for its benefits.
It creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in a business, and is the countersign of friends.
It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and Nature’s best antidote for trouble.
Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is no earthly good to anybody till it is given away!
Whether your greeting at the door, staffing the Welcome Center, ushering, guiding people to the children’s check-in, helping people in the parking lot, working on the security team, or just having a cup of coffee in the Gathering Space – Bring your smile and freely give it away!