The Gift of a Hello

Do you awaken each day seeking how you might help another? Seldom do any of us do this. However, I do pray frequently that if God has someone for me to be an encouragement to that He will place them on my path so that I can be a “light” to them. A couple of weeks ago I was given this opportunity during one of my volunteer ministries. As I reached out to a person in need, with tears in her eyes, she said I was her angel.

I reminded her that,” no, she was a blessing for me.” I then shared with her my frequent prayer. What a joy it was when she proclaimed that she was jubilant she was the recipient of God’s blessing that day. We never know what someone is experiencing when they walk across our path. We might share only a short “hello” and a smile on the elevator or in a line at the store.  That warm and genuine greeting and smile might be their only “light” for the entire day.

In one of Chuck Swindoll’s recent devotions, he shares about someone whom wrote numerous well-known songs but died an unknown drunken bum. He was only 38 when he died alone with a slashed throat. Nobody cared for he was to them, merely an unknown.  What if someone could have been a “light” to him. Would he have been a bum? Would he have been left starving only to be murdered? The gift of caring for and about others even if only for a few minutes of your day, can possibly make the difference in their path for the remainder of their lives. NKJ Hebrews13:1-2 Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.

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