Wisdom Wednesday: Service With a Smile

“The kindness is doubled if what must be given is given willingly.”  —Latin proverb

“The kindness is doubled if what must be given is given willingly.” —Latin proverb

Have you ever asked someone to do something for you only to have that someone respond with a heavy sigh, whining, or complaining? If you’re a parent or a teacher, that’s a pretty silly question, isn’t it? What’s even sillier, although less amusing, is when we adults do it to one another. I know we all have bad days and should try to respond with grace when met with a bad attitude, but isn’t it so much sweeter when someone gives and serves cheerfully? And don’t you feel more loved and respected when someone responds happily to a request?

“Cheerfulness gives sweetness to life.” —Filipino proverb

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
—2 Corinthians 9:7

“The kindness is doubled if what must be given is given willingly.” —Latin proverb

“The visible sign of utter love is an undying smile.” —Sri Sri Ravi Skankar

“He gives well and bountifully who accompanies the gift with a pleasing look.” —Latin proverb

“A gift with a kind face is a double grace.” —German proverb

Years ago while dining at a restaurant in Canada, I remember the response given by our waitress when I said, “Thank you.” With a pretty smile and a French accent she replied, “It is my pleasure.” I loved that response, so I adopted it.

“Forget the favors you have given; remember those received.” —Chinese proverb

Sometimes people give or serve in order to receive or to be served. Although we shouldn’t give or serve with selfish motives and a score card, isn’t it funny how people sometimes act as if you owe them for what they have done instead of giving and serving out of love and gratitude for the things you have done for them? Or maybe it’s the other way around.

“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.” ―Pindar, Greek poet

“It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.” —Kahlil Gibran

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About Rene Yoshi

Just a transplanted Okinawan-French Southern girl with a wee bit o' Irish, sharing photography and what I'm learning about spiritual things, including putting off legalism and religious traditions, and embracing God's matchless love, tender mercy, and amazing grace! View all posts by Rene Yoshi

17 responses to “Wisdom Wednesday: Service With a Smile

  • A Gracious Life

    Giving without a cheerful heart is not giving at all. I learned my lesson last year 😔

  • utesmile

    Giving is the best gift, when you don’t expect anything in return. Love your post!

  • Randell Bell

    True and well said. It reminds me of this verse and my motto from the Bible; Col.3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
    24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

  • Scott

    The deep reality of our recognizing the Lord’s Presence with us (and His subsequent critique of our works) can be seen by how we do things willingly and ‘as to the Lord’. The question is often asked: “What would you do if Jesus were standing right next to you?” The answers are always very enthused and serious concerning how we’d act this way and talk that way. But…HE IS! The problem is our denseness to that reality! And did the Lord Jesus EVER do something expecting some earthly reward? Of course not. I am also reminded of the 2 brothers approached by the father and asked to do a certain chore. One enthusiastically (and I am sure with a big smile) said he would – but didn’t. The second said “No way, Jose!” but then turned around and did the chore. How many times must the Lord thump us and remind us “It’s a HEART attitude…Spanky!”

  • optimisticgladness

    We had a big snowstorm come though our state a few days ago. My kids left the house to shovel driveways on our street. I saw our neighbor, who is older shoveling his driveway. I went to help him. He didn’t say anything to me while we were shoveling together. I just wanted to be a good neighbor. After we finished he said, “How much do I owe you?” I said, “Nothing. I just wanted to be a good neighbor.” He said, “No, here is some money.” We squabbled over me not taking it and I refused. I told him if he gave me the money, I would put it back in his mailbox. He still insisted, and gave my daughter the money. I kinda feel bad that he wouldn’t accept my act of grace, my help at no cost. I guess he thought that a kind gesture must be reciprocated. This must be how God feels when we don’t accept his grace, kinda sad.

  • timelesslady

    Hi Rene, I like your post and the quotes you’ve included, and perhaps you will choose not to use this comment, but as Christ’s followers we must also be aware that there are those who ask too much, and often without pure motives. Not every “good work” is of God. Just sayin’ 🙂

  • Tracey

    Well expressed. Thank you. Will share with my children. I too have received the response, “It was was my pleasure.” It’s a delight, isn’t it?twe

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