Libby Baker Sweiger

Weaver of Everyday Tales

Smile From Your Heart

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
― Mother Teresa

Smile from your Heart

There’s so much power in a smile. A kind a loving smile. I try to greet everyone I see with one. I want them to know they are loved. I was smiled at a lot as a baby and a little girl. My mom and dad smiled at me. My grandparents smiled at me. My dear little sister Suzy — only 16-1/2 months my junior — smiled big at me when I wrangled her out of her crib to go see what was happened at the grown-up party going on in the living room. My cousins smiled at me. I was surrounded by love. I’m sure I smiled a lot in return because it has become a joyous loving habit of my life.

I try to live by this quote as I do by my favorite scriptures which it illustrates: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better or happier.” (Matthew 25: 35-40 “‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ “) This is the living Gospel!

Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
― Mother Teresa

I know Jesus was the very kindest person on earth. Mother Teresa was so very kind too. She said some of the kindest things and lived a life of kindness, with the power and love of Jesus to help her! I know I am to emulate Jesus and I do, but many days the quotes of Mother Teresa speak to me very strongly and I want to walk in her steps as she walked in his.

Each day I try to do what is asked of me for that day. Greet every one with a smile. Make there way lighter. Have them leave me happier then when they first saw me. Impact them with love. The love of God, not just human affection. To do this you must be tapped in at the source. You must be praying, believing, communing, faithfully listening to your God. So that is what I do.

And with this comes so much joy! I remember in 9th grade our minister gave some of the kids who’d been confirmed a chance to speak in a special service. I decided not to prepare, but to just read the scriptures like mad before the big day. When it came my time to talk, great stories from the word just poured of out me so smoothly and with such love. I was so blessed. My family, my uncle, different members of our congregation came up to me afterwards and hugged me. You sure have been reading your bible, my uncle said. I was happy and delighted. I never passed up a chance to speak or read the word in church or anywhere after that!

Here’s one more quote I’d like to share on the subject of smiling:

“Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
― Mother Teresa

Mike and I Smiling!

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8 thoughts on “Smile From Your Heart

  1. If there is one person in this world who can genuinely make me smile it is Libby.She is real with her words.Her words are kind and full of love for her family and friends! I am pleased to know her.I am blessed to call Libby my sister in Christ and dear friend!

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  2. Beautiful Libby!

    Your smile is contagious! ❤

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  3. A gorgeous post written by a gorgeous soul:)! I smiled when I saw your pics and smiled through this whole read! Fantastic!
    Here’s to smiling:D!!!!!

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  4. 🙂 Smiling from your heart is good for your heart, as it is for the person who receives. I agree with Nancy. Your smile is contagious. I smile when I see yours on Twitter.

    A childhood friend’s little daughter saw me smile at her at church one Sunday morning, as I was dismissing the congregation. On eye contact, she lit up with her own smile. I knelt to greet her closer to her level and she tackled me with hug that nearly knocked me to the floor. I get that same smile and hug nearly every week.

    When traveling, I walk most places in the city. I smile to people on the sidewalk, even though I don’t know them — your “greet everyone I see with one” practice. A smile to a complete stranger is disarming and sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised at the smiles I get in return.

    Keep smiling, Libby!

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  5. Now that is a beautiful story Mark. I cannot wait to read your blog. Smiling is a wonderful way to pass through your day! 🙂 Keep smiling my friend…I will too!

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