Good morning Gratitude Seekers!
So I make a habit out of paying for other people’s Starbucks when I go through the drive through. I will just pay for my drink and then give the cashier a 20$. I ask her if I can pay for the car behind me and if there is any left over to just keep using it for other patrons until it is gone. And I am now thinking the next time I do this I will tell her after paying for the car behind me the rest can be her tip. Anyway, one time (about a year or so after I had started doing this) I gave her the money and pulled out. I stopped in the lot to reply to a text and started to pull out when all of a sudden a car pulled in front of me and blocked my exit! I was a little taken aback as I had no idea who this was; then she rolled her window down and indicated that I should do the same. She starts yelling over to me (our cars were not close) that she was the car behind me in line at Starbucks and she wanted to thank me for her drink! She was so overwhelmed that I could FEEL her energy! Wow…she was thrown for a loop! She said she never knew there were people in the world who would be so kind.
Now I am NOT telling you this story for some sort of recognition, I am only telling you so that you can see how over the top this young lady was about something so simple. WOW….to make such an impact on someone; we never know how the smallest thing can affect another person. And it doesn’t have to be a 20 dollar bill, it can be a smile or any other gesture of kindness towards another. You never know what someone is feeling at the exact moment you choose to smile at them. You literally could cause someone to decide the world isn’t such a bad place and maybe they want to hang around for a while! Does this seem a tad bit dramatic?? Maybe….I don’t know. I have received some pretty intense feedback about what a small gesture of kindness has done for some in pretty dark places!
So when you get to the RAK part of the challenge I just want you to think about this experience I had. And I want you to know it had a huge impact on me too! It validated why I do what I do and it made my day…maybe my week! Heck, it is a memory for life! <3
Sorrow can take root and become a part, or the whole, of who we are. It’s hard not to let sorrow define us. How do we get up out of that deep sorrow? One thing to remember is we are never alone and do not have to do this without help. I’ve heard it said when people feel God the most (or for the first time) is when they are in their deepest sorrow. God is for us, always with us. There are times we do not feel this and it all seems impossible. To get back to the basics is to know God calls us to love one another. If we can see clear enough to know this and love another, take time out for another, serve another- then we will find the strength to lift up out of our sorrow and pain.
Wake up and be grateful, we must ask Him to use us, to show us where we may be of help to another. Get our head into service and God will take care of the rest.
Let God’s will be done! I do not believe His will is to live out our life filled with sorrow over any issue. Grab on to someone else and love them, ask to be receptive to opportunity. Ask to be an instrument of His love. And let His will be done.
This is not easy, we all need support, I think by opening ourselves up to opportunities (to help others) we will find the support we need.
Be someones miracle today! Their miracle will be our miracle. I believe it is the way God intended it to work.