My husband tells an impactful story from twenty-five years ago. He recalls an experience he had not long after he quit his job to go into full-time ministry. He remembers sitting on the curb, crying in frustration. He had left behind a flourishing career in professional soccer to obey God’s call on his life. He had sacrificed the euphoria of cheering stadium crowds. He had left behind the security of a generously overflowing wallet. Alone and broke, he found his new status a shock to his system.
He had nothing. In his discouragement, he cried out to the Lord. “I don’t even have enough money right now to buy a soda!” he prayed between his tears. A short while later, he heard footsteps approaching. He looked up at a friendly face smiling at him. A loving grandma-type sister from church patted his shoulder. She then handed him a few coins. Cheerfully, she encouraged him, “Buy yourself a snack and a beverage, on me!” Amazed, he watched her walk away. He got up, bought himself that soda, and his courage was renewed.
I have heard him tell that story from time to time. From the way he tells it, it’s evident what a mark that woman’s kindness left on his heart. Although so many years ago, he remembers it vividly. She provided exactly what he needed that day to keep going. In her eyes, her gift may have seemed insignificant. But it helped shape the course of his lifetime.
Has someone you know been coming to your mind recently? Most likely, that is not a random thought. In all likelihood, that is Holy Spirit bringing them to your attention. Obey the nudge. Make that call. Send that text. Follow through with that act of kindness. It may seem small to you. But you may actually be providing the strength that precious soul needs to make it one more day. Who knows? You may even just leave a mark that they will never forget for the rest of their life.
My friend, never underestimate the power of a simple gesture of love.
Do you have a memory of someone’s kindness to you that changed your life? I’d love to hear about it 🙂