It was Author Day at my little sister’s school and I was invited to attend. After sitting down and enjoying all of the creative stories written by the class, a boy decided to strike at some conversation.
“So, are you guys teenagers?” He asked me and my sister.
We replied with a smile and continued the conversation, moving on to the topic of family. “What are your siblings’ names?” we asked.
The boy listed off about 5 names but stopped when it came to one of his brothers. He explained and told us how his parents had fought, never giving him the opportunity to meet this brother. He didn’t even know his name.
This story, along with countless others, leave me longing for a happy ending.
There’s only so much a person can do when visiting a school for the day or having a brief conversation with someone they won’t see again for a long time.
Sometimes, a few words are all we have and it’s up to us to make the most of it.
When Jesus was on the Earth, he never overlooked the small moments. There was the time when he was on his way to heal someone’s daughter.
On the way, a woman stopped him, looking for healing. While everyone else ignored her, trying to move on, Jesus stopped. He didn’t push the woman to the side, instead, he took out a little time and changed her life.
I can’t think of how many times I did something small for someone, wondering how in the world it could possibly influence their lives, for better or for worse.
Imagine a time when you were having a rough time with something. Now think of how you would’ve felt if someone had taken just a few minutes to check up on you, pray with you, or take you out to cheer you up.
People don’t always realize that the things we view as tiny can determine the outcome of one person’s day.
I came across a quote one day that I absolutely love.
“As one person, I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.”
God gives us opportunities every single day to reach out and impact the people around us.
If we see someone on the street, we can simply cast a smile. If we run into someone we know at the store, we can ask how they’re doing or ask if there’s anything we can do to help them out.
The smallest experience can make the biggest impact. It’s up to us to open our eyes and take hold of those opportunities.
Challenge: This week, take advantage of the small experiences. Pay attention to what you say. You never know how your words will affect someone.