09.24.17 Sunday Message

This quote reminds me of a great story my girlfriend just shared with me on Friday. It's about a lady she kept seeing at the supermarket. My friend (who wishes to remain anonymous) noticed that the woman never looked up from the ground, wore a wig and was always disheveled looking. One day, my friend said she followed the promptings of the Holy Spirit to touch the woman's hand while she stood behind her at the checkout line. My sweet friend kindly touched the lady's arm and whispered to her, "Can I pray for you?" 

My girlfriend had learned this random act of kindness from another girlfriend of ours who keeps a list of names by her bed, praying for each person on it every night! She's an amazing woman!!! It was this example my bestie in the grocery store followed, so she got on her knees and committed herself to pray everyday for that mysterious lady at the checkout line.

Three months later, my friend unexpectedly ran into the woman again but at another location, a restaurant, where that lady was working. This time, her hair was done, she had makeup on, she wore a great big smile on her face... and she looked radiant & beautiful! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’– My dear friend looked up at the her, who appeared introverted by nature, and said, "It's so nice to see you! " The woman responded, "It's so nice to see you. Thank you for praying for me..." 

There's a saying, "The eyes are the mirror of the soul and reflect everything that seems to be hidden; and like a mirror, they also reflect the person looking into them." No matter how poorly people may appear, we should always try to see the best in them. In order to effectively serve others, we must see them through the eyes of God. 

We have the choice to point out other people's weaknesses and faults. Or we can look them straight in the eye and pray to develop the capacity to see them as they truly are... a child of God. 

"Judge not, that ye be not judged...And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" (Matthew 7:1, 3)

We need to have eyes that see, ears that hear, and hearts ❀️ that know and understand that rather than judging others, let us instead build each other up, extend a hand πŸ‘‹ and say a little prayer πŸ™to uplift those in need from the ground up. πŸ˜˜πŸ’‹