This Monday morning, I was sitting on our patio complaining to God. This seems to be a frequent habit. Sometimes, things can get a little stressful. Marriage, kids, friends, work – just life. It can all get overwhelming on some days. Sunday had not been a great day for me and I was venting to God. I remember telling God that I just needed someone to acknowledge that what I was doing is making a difference. As soon as I got up from my griping session and walked back into the house I heard the ding. It was the familiar alert notifying me someone had sent a Facebook message. I opened the app to one of the most encouraging notes I have received in a while. Thank you, God! And thank you to the messenger who had no idea that was exactly what I needed. It made my day!
…encourage one another and build one another up…
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Yesterday, Amy was shopping in Target. She kept noticing this one gentleman in the Men’s Department. He kept inspecting this one particular pair of pants. He would look them over and then walk away. He would come back, take them off the rack and then put them back on the rack. Amy could tell that he was needing these pair of pants but for whatever reason was hesitant to buy them. Amy continued to shop and as she finished and made her way to the checkout line she noticed that this same gentleman was standing right in front of her in the line with those pants in hand. As he laid them up on the register and began to check out, Amy felt a strong nudge to pay for the pants. She said to the gentleman, “I want to buy these pants for you.” Awkward! The gentleman didn’t really know what to say so he just stared at Amy with a spellbound expression. The checker then blurted out, “Dude, let her buy the pants for you!” A hush fell over the check-out line as Amy paid for the gentleman’s pants. He walked out of the store and Amy then proceeded to check her purchases out. As Amy walked out of Target, the gentleman whose pants she had just purchased was standing outside the store weeping. Amy gently patted his shoulder and said, “God told me to do that. Have a good day!” And she walked off. No doubt she made his day!
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have…
Whose day can you make today? What small word can you offer? What email can you send? What note can you deliver? What hug can you give away? What purchase can you make? Whose day can you make?
P.S. Amy doesn’t know I’m telling this story but she will read it at some point today. Can you make my day by encouraging her not to hurt me?!