This week we ask that you help us treat well everybody in our lives. It’s too easy for us to treat people as if their primary purpose in life is to either help us do whatever we’re doing, or basically get out of our way. We have so many encounters in everyday life where we’re so busy thinking about what we’re doing, and about what we need, that we forget that what You might want, and what the other person might need, is for us to show some kindness.
Maybe what the other person needs is an offer to help. Maybe they need to know that someone finds them likable. Maybe they need a reminder that there are people in the world who are good-natured, who are positive, who recognize the intrinsic value of every human being.
Maybe what they need—maybe all they need—is a smile.
This week, God, help us to make sure that they get that smile from us.