Elementary students have a way of brightening your day. I walked down the sidewalk to find my students lined up, queued by the whistle. School has begun, another Monday morning. I'm smiling for the students and because I know I'll have a better day if I do. I'm choosing joy.
I look forward to Monday mornings if I let myself. Sometimes I forget how sweet it is to teach these 8 and 9 year olds. And then I get a comment like that, "You look beautiful, Miss Knox!" Words received with a hug and smile.
"Thank you," I reply. I'm still smiling, but this time my eyes sparkle with the knowledge that I am loved.
That student might never know the meaning of her compliment, how deep kind words can go and how soothing they are for our hearts. My students teach me on a daily basis, if I will receive it. This morning I was reminded of the power of an enthusiastic compliment. I was reminded that the power of life and death are in the tongue.
These are the little ways that I am blessed. These are the kisses I receive from my Heavenly Father over and over again. So today I remember to speak words of life and encouragement (one of our spelling words this week!). Choose joy.