Good morning!

Who do you know that gives the best hugs and smiles?

Chances are, the moment you read this question, you can just about immediately think of a person that’s recently given you an amazing hug or smiled at you with a radiance that made you feel like a million bucks.

When it comes to love languages, I’m definitely a “Quality Time” type of person, and desire someone’s full and undivided attention far more than I desire physical touch, but I’ll tell you what: a good, genuine hug is hard to come by, and there are few who know the art behind it.

Somehow, some way, the church has managed to fabricate something called the “side hug”; while I do recognize that it was created with the intention of maintaining modesty and respect and preserving boundaries between members of the opposite sex, I must admit that it feels cold; a side-hug just seems like a bit of formality, almost as a replacement for saying “Hi”, and it doesn’t carry the same weight as a regular, genuine hug wherein you non-verbally say, “Hey you! I am so glad to see you! You just made my day by simply existing, thank you for being here.”

The problem is, it isn’t just the hugs that are cold; the whole formality behind greeting people has often become cold and empty.

If we want to live in a world where the people around us are made happy in our presence, let’s greet them with loving smiles and genuine hugs that actually reflect God’s enthusiastic love for them.

God bless you, have a great day!