Saturday 31 July 2010


Smile & laughter.../Smil.../笑口常开...[xiào kǒu chánɡ kāi]

Our little toddler, J, has been smiling and laughing a lot, each time he looks at us or interacts with us or others. Daddy FECS and I are not the type that smile a lot. I remembered that when J was very young, I tried to teach him to smile by making a conscious effort to smile when I was in front of him... when I am changing him, etc. I remembered reading somewhere that your baby will reflect your attitude and countenance. So I tried to smile at him. Finally, our baby learned to smile - that brought a lot of joy to us!!! That was more than a year back...

The burdens of life lately have weighed down my heart and I have forgotten to smile.... But J always greets me with a smile and laughter, that reminds me that I should smile back. J is teaching me to smile. How funny, I taught him to smile, but have forgotten how to smile myself. Now he is teaching me to smile again. Funny, how God can use toddlers his age to teach me important lessons about life. It really humbles me... It also teaches me that whatever you teach others, you will learn it back from others.

The Bible says:

"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." - Proverbs 17:22

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

May I be able to learn and apply this lesson... like a little child... like little joshua :-)


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