I held the door open. As the women jostled her full cart through I said, “Have a beautiful day, God bless.”
She could have smirked at me, or she could have ignored my words. Instead, she looked up and smiled, “That was so good to hear. So very nice and surprising. Thank you.”
I believe it is our role in life to help people in ways that are least expected. I believe, other than when we are in dangerous situations, it is our job to acknowledge strangers. Hospitable is not a word that applies only to welcoming people into our homes. I believe it is okay to open our hearts and speak how we feel when it comes naturally from love.
We are not mind readers, obviously, so we never know when someone needs to hear the words that God plants in our mouths. I will utter them. Not because people are a notch below me, not because I feel superior, not because I feel someone needs to be taught, and certainly not because I have a judging mind-set towards any single person. I will make no excuses. I will not mask the face of who I am.
How about you? Are you willing, or do you already walk with God’s love in your step? Are you engulfed with peace, unashamed to carry His light-filled-lamp into the presence of strangers? Jesus did that. I
will am doing it too.
“I am the light of the word. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12 (NIV)