God wants you to make a difference in this world!
Many times, it is through the small, everyday interactions we have with people as we go about our usual business. Here’s an example that happened to me a couple of days ago:
I was at Target shopping for a few items that Valerie and I needed at the house. I went into the cashier line and waited. As my mind began wandering, I focused my attention on the cashier; she had low energy, yawned frequently, and didn’t say much to the people who were checking out in front of me. As I was about to be next in line at the checkout, I felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit motion me to buy her a Starbucks drink (since this Target had a Starbucks inside the store). Motivated by this, I start a conversation by asking her how her day is going so far. The cashier – Keri – engaged with the initial small talk and mentioned how tired she was.
Now it was my turn to checkout.
When the timing became available, I casually said, “If you don’t mind, I would like to buy you a drink from Starbucks to get you the energy you need to finish your shift.” Keri’s eyes lit up as she exclaimed, “Thank you so much!” She continued on about how perfect the timing was since she could really use a boost in her day. The funny thing is, there was more life in her now, and she didn’t even have her caffeine intake yet! As Keri received her drink, I said goodbye and left with the notion that God would bless this encounter because He was the one who originated it.
The above story highlights a few principles I’d like to share to encourage you to hear what Holy Spirit could be saying to you in your everyday interactions with people as follows:
We have to be willing to hear what God could be saying to us. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).
As believers, we all have access to hear His voice… but what if we cannot hear Him due to competing voices?
In a world filled with iPhones and to-do lists, hearing God’s voice is more difficult now than it has ever been. These ‘voices’ can drown out God’s still, small voice. As a result, they end up being distractions that block us from hearing the possibilities the Holy Spirit wants us to say or do for the Kingdom of God.
The Lord has blessed you with a personality that He adores. Use it! You do not have to be like anyone else. For me, it was casually asking Keri in the manner and style that I did. But for you, it may be completely different, and that’s wonderful! All that is necessary is that you “walk in love” (Ephesians 5:2). Once we attempt to be programmatic about responding to God, we do not engage the person on a relational level. If you felt Holy Spirit leading you to bless someone, be you in the conversation!
It is not enough to hear what God wants to do – He wants follow through. “Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice” (Luke 11:28). The Lord prompted me to show His love to Keri through a simple gesture of purchasing a Venti Carmel Frappuccino for her. This act of charity was part of God’s will – revealing His goodness and kindness. It was planting a seed, hopefully sprouting to what God has next in mind. Perhaps she will be open to hearing about who this God is when I go back to Target next time. Maybe it was to lift her spirits so she could work with newfound energy and joy. The possibilities are endless – so are the ways He wants you to bless others.
Will you be ready to reach out to someone next time you are running errands? I hope so because you will be walking out a piece of God’s plan, demonstrating the love of Christ through the everyday, normal interactions of life.
Have a blessed week!