So, I had an entirely different post in mind for my Soul Food today, but as God/The Universe would have it, all of that changed. Sometimes, we all need to remember humanity and remember the kindness of empathy, even in the “little things” in life. Today, I went to grab lunch–nothing special about that. I was going about my usual routine. As I got to the cashier, I realized I grabbed my purse when I left for lunch but forgot my wallet, which was on my desk, back in my building. Hastily, I asked the cashier to set my food aside and “I’ll be right back with my wallet!” and proceeded to leave the restaurant to go back to my office for my money. It was such a blessing to me when God interrupted that statement and action by inspiring the young lady behind me to say “That’s okay! I’ll pay for you”. Immediately I was touched by this gesture, but, as our Western society has trained us, I began to tell her she didn’t have to, it’s ok, I’ll just run back to my building and go up and grab my wallet. The more I tried to convince her that she did not have to BLESS me in that way, the more she told me that it was fine, she will “take care of it”. I thanked her, genuinely, from my heart and asked if she had a business card or point of contact so that I can repay her. She said “not necessary, I know that can be a long walk back and forth to get a wallet…”
This act of kindness made me realize two wonderful lessons for my spirit:
1.) Never try to convince YOURSELF or anyone else that you should not be blessed
2.) God shows up, quite often, and helps us with the “little things” as a reminder that when it comes to the big things, “He” may not show up in a literal sense,but “He” is there, always, just waiting for you to accept the blessing.
With that in mind, I believe that “random acts of kindness” are not so random, they are by divine design. The beauty and power of God is that, yes, I got all of that from a stranger paying for my lunch.
“…weeping may last through the night, but joy cometh in the morning.” – Psalms 30:5
Today, Joel Osteen, one of my favorite ministers, sent this scripture out as part of his daily email communications. As always, this word is right on time for me. Sometimes we need to remember that each day is a new opportunity to receive joy, so we need to embrace that possibility and expect to see joy every morning! ;-) The prayer that Joel Osteen concluded his message with is below:
Father, thank You for joy. Thank You for peace. Thank You for walking me through the difficult times. I choose to answer the door for joy every single morning so that I can walk in the strength You have given to me in Jesus’ name. Amen. — Joel & Victoria Osteen
PS – It’s good to be back!
“Man is a universe within himself” -Bob Marley
This artwork is ‘Expansion’ by Paige Bradley, New York
No matter what you are going through or how hard things may seem, we all tend to seek, even in secret sometimes, that greater force out there in the universe that can help us and guide us to better days. While I fervently believe that force exists and is present and active in our lives (once we acknowledge and receive) I also know and believe that the greatest gift, truth and connection from that Highest Power is realizing and recognizing the presence of that power within ourselves. All that you seek in the universe is within YOU. Be that light you want to see in the world, as Gandhi said, and make a change! Decide today to be the best you that you can be and encourage others to do so, along the way.
“…That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” - Christian Bible, Romans 10: 9-13
No matter what your faith..or if you choose to practice no faith…at the very least, remember that the words you speak can change the course of your life and confessing your feelings, thoughts, sins, actions and deeds sends out an energy of salvation into the universe that will come back to you.
“Love works in ways that are wondrous and strange, there is nothing in life that love cannot change.” – Helen Steiner Rice (check out Love is Strange by Mickey and Sylvia..this quote just made me think of this song *smile*)
“God delights to meet the faith of one who looks up to Him and says, ‘Lord, You know that I cannot do this–but I believe that You can!'” - Amy Carmichael
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy
“ I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do: That is character! ”
— Theodore Roosevelt
“Everything You Want is on the Other Side of What You Won’t Do” – Stacia Pierce