Here is the second of my guest posts – by Vicky Karg (one of my former protegees :)). I am proud of her and honoured to host her guest-post. Here is where she blogs – http://vkacrossthewater.blogspot.ca/ – go visit!
I read a book recently on the “Starbucks Experience.” Being a recent “coffee convert” and also my interest in marketing had me devouring this book pretty fast! There’s a quote from the beginning of one of the chapters though that’s stuck with me:
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” -Leo Buscaglia
It made me think of God and how it’s His kindness that leads us to repentance. And repentance is “to turn a life around” isn’t it? This has been so true in my life. Many people think that God is a God of wrath and judgement, and He is. He’s also a God of love, gentleness and patience. Many times he has been patiently waiting for me to return to Him and I’m thankful that listening to His whisper, i’m sure, has often saved me from his wrath.
So, what does that look like in my own life? Well, there’s been times when I haven’t really felt like responding with a kind word or a listening ear, but honestly, I know that God has prompted and reminded me that that’s exactly what He’s done for me and so I need to follow His lead!
The title of that chapter of the book was “Everything Matters.” More and more I’m seeing that every opportunity and every interaction we have with one another matters. In those moments we have the potential to turn a life around.
This past weekend at a conference we were hosting, the speaker told the story of a time she had felt God prompting her to invite her regular bank clerk out for lunch. She’d told the Lord that she thought that would be a little awkward since she didn’t know this lady, and so she’d let it slide for a while. Every time she drove past the bank though, she heard God’s whisper. So, in she went and asked the lady if she might, perhaps, maybe just like to go for lunch one day with her? The lady jumped at the chance and asked if she was free the next day! It came out in conversation over lunch that next day that the lady, two weeks ago, lonely and desperate, had almost committed suicide. What stopped her was that God told her, He was sending her a friend. They carried on meeting every week for the next 2 years to talk and study the Word together.
What a reminder that the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, even an invitation to lunch can breath Life into someones day. Everything Matters.