Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Moving Assistant by Susan L.

  My youngest son and his wife have purchased a new home. I went down yesterday to help him move some furniture from his mother-in-law's home. The big move is Saturday.
  It was most enjoyable spending some time chatting as we drove there and back. We had a quick lunch at Tim's before unloading the rental van. He is a kind and personable young man with a delightfully quirky sense of humour. He made of point of chatting and laughing with the cashier and sandwich maker, people most of us take for granted.
  They were delighted with his attentions. They weren't flirty, they simply acknowledged that there was a living, breathing human person behind the counter.
  When I worked retail at a hardware store, those type of people were the best. I'd bend over backwards to help them get what they needed simply because of a momentary kindness. There were the other type of people as well, the ones that treated me as a "less than" person because I worked retail. It's tough feeling invisible.
  I am guilty of forgetting that. "Hurry up and get what I need and get home" is the mantra of most of my shopping. It's the same with standing in line at a checkout. Both are valuable moments where human connection is possible. Our kind words may be the only ones anyone gets be it the teenage boy behind the till or the elderly woman standing behind you.
  What's the line from the movie Avatar? "I see you."
  Help me Lord, be better at sacrificing my own agenda, taking my head out of the sand, and looking around.
  "I have stretched out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, according to their own thoughts." Is 65:2


  1. I read the other day that we should all be vocal witnesses for our Lord. That the command to "Go and make disciples" can be interpreted "as you go". In other words, as you go on your way of your day. Taking opportunities as we go about our day in the spheres of your life. Lines, grocery clerks, bank tellers, waiters...those we touch. Just like the Lord called the fishermen to be fishers of men, he calls each person to witness in their areas of influence. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Absolutely! Somewhere along the line we've forgotten that mission fields don't need to be in a foreign or exotic country. I'll add work, church, and anywhere else we spend our time to your list. Thanks for commenting!