The thirty day challenge my friend Tim recently posted on his facebook made me think of a drop of water. When a single drop of water falls into a pool of still or stagnant drops of water it produces a rippling effect that causes movement in all the surrounding drops. Lord, make us the drop that drops an encouraging word into the hearts of those around us.
Hebrews 10:24 “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,” (NKJV).
Tim has given me permission to share his post. May his words and heart encourage and challenge you as they did me.
“Today I went into a place to turn a thing into a guy who I’ve seen a few times before. He is always friendly, upbeat and always has a smile on his face. I walked in at 4:45pm and he was still smiling. So I stopped and said, “I just want to tell you, I don’t know how you do it, but you are always helpful, friendly, and smiling, and I just wanted to thank you for that and tell you how much I appreciate it.” He lit up like the 4th of July and said, “Thanks man. I really appreciate that. I try my best.” I said, “I just wanted you to know that I saw it and I appreciate it.”
So after I left there, I went to a gas station to fill up my little whip, and I noticed a woman at the pump next to mine who was having trouble untangling the pump hose. She was nicely dressed, probably just having gotten off work in an office, so I walked over and asked her to let me help her. (This is not commonly done in Boston). So she thanked me and gave me a beautiful but slightly uncomfortable smile. I thought, “I’m going for 2 for 2.” I said, “Ma’am, I don’t want anything from you, and I’m about to get in my car and drive away, but before I go, I want you to know that you have a beautiful smile. It’s very warm.” At first she was shocked, and then she kind of looked down, and when she looked back up still with that same smile, I thought I noticed that she had teared up a little. She said, “Thank you.
It’s been a while since I’ve gotten a nice compliment.” I said, “You’re kidding??” She just shook her head and said, “No. I’m not. And thank you.” So true to my word I said, “Have a great weekend”, and I turned and went to my car and drove off. And it’s been bothering me all day. How are people like this not being complimented once in a while? It’s really not hard, and most of the time it’s well received if it’s genuine. Now you have to understand, I look like an escaped convict, so if it’s not sincere, people are gonna start dialing 911. Especially women. But so far, none have.
Here’s the deal – for the next 30 days, I am going to find some reason to compliment somebody I run into, whether I know them or not, and it’s going to be genuine. Gang – I’m going to be doing this in a city not known for its warm hearted friendliness, and if I can do it, so can you. Somebody jump in with me and say you will. 30 days. If you can’t do 30, do 15, or 10. Do ONE!!! Just try it. Don’t be crude, and be genuine. You never know when you’re gonna bump into somebody who really – and I mean really – needs it.”
Have a blessed day,