It was a simple thing, and I was glad I was able to do it. It likely didn't cause any life-changing moment in and of itself, but each little interaction like that in which we believers can actually love (with action), is a small advancement for the Kingdom of God. In my busy-ness of a work day that ultimately serves Kingdom ministry, I almost missed this small opportunity to really reach out. I pray that God helps those of us who seek to follow Christ to be attentive to listening to the Holy Spirit and looking for opportunities to love others.
Last night I also had the pleasure of seeing someone who is actively looking for opportunities to love others. It was the birthday of an anonymous individual, and rather than eat out with family, she chose to use the money for items for the free store, which she and her family brought in and loaded up onto the shelves--food, a crockpot, a griddle, and a host of other needed items... all from the money she could have used for her birthday meal. This took a potential blessing of a good time with the family and turned it into a different good time with her family that also taught her children about real, active loving for Christ. I was very honored to get to watch that as it played out, and I was also encouraged by it.
I hope these little happenings from last night encourage you, as well, and that you have a chance to look for extra ways to love others today. Merry After-Christmas, and may the gift of Christ encourage you to bless others as we prepare for a New Year!