Everyone Has a Story

Look around you right now. Go ahead…It’s o.k. Most likely, there is another person within view. Are they happy, sad, stressed, struggling, busy? No matter who they are or what they are feeling, wearing or doing, they have a story, a soul and something worth sharing. The interesting thing about people is that some are willing to share their story and some are not. Many are craving to be asked…so initiate the conversation. Ask them how they are doing. Ask them what the best and worst part of their day has been. Simply greet them and invite a simple conversation.
Over the past few days, we all have crossed paths with many people with different backgrounds, walks of life, beliefs, and struggles. My mom always told me growing up that if I am ever feeling down, do something nice for someone around me. I have put that to the test. I started with my family at home by asking what the best and worst part of your day has been…and we prayed for each other. In the past 72 hours, I have come in contact with people who are stressed as they have been awaiting test results that had the potential to be life threatening…So I prayed with them and even sang them a song. I found out that a true friend’s mom is very sick and they are trying to figure out a way to get home to see her…so I prayed with them and tried to offer an encouraging word. I greeted a family with two small children holding a poster that read, “need help, trying to get home.”…so I prayed with them and you helped get them home. I even spent 3 minutes with a cashier at Publix as she scanned my items. I simply said, “whoahhh, how did you get so good at that?” She thanked me for being kind to her, but her voice cracked. I asked if she was o.k. She has a story and a soul, too…so I prayed for her. She simply said, “Thank you and keep praying.”

Reflect Jesus in all you do.
Share His story of Hope.

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9 NIV)