A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Tim Tams and a six-pack of apple juice and he started his journey. When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old man. He was sitting in the park just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his apple juice when he noticed that the old man looked hungry, so he offered him a Tim Tam. He gratefully accepted it and smiled at him. His smile was so pleasant that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him an apple juice. Again, he smiled at him. The boy was delighted!
They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word. As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave, but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old man, and gave him a hug. He gave him his biggest smile ever.
When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, “What did you do today that made you so happy?” He replied, “I had lunch with God.” But before his mother could respond, he added, “You know what? He’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!”
Meanwhile, the old man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked, “Dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?” He replied, “I ate Tim Tams in the park with God.” However, before his son responded, he added, “You know, he’s much younger than I expected.”
Too often we underestimate the power of a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring.