My husband is a Christian, but he’s never been the kind of guy who wears a neon, flashing sign that says Jesus, dropping tracts in his path. Instead he’s the quiet, contemplative type who listens to the Lord’s prompting while loving big every person he encounters. Whether it be a needed smile or even a big hug, he’s the type of man who shows you the heart of Jesus through his everyday walk.
Earlier this year, when the weather just started to get warm, he made a point to give a delivery man a bottle of water. Being a restaurant owner, my husband encountered people on a regular basis, and he liked to spread his friendly warmth with everyone who came across his path. And so it was with a guy who delivered regularly to his store. When the fella would show up he’d always offer a cool drink and a kind word.
I can even recall being with him one day and watching him jog off after saying to me, “be right back.” I had watched as he ran to the cooler, handed the gentleman a water bottle, smiling as they spoke back and forth exchanging friendly banter, then seeing him conclude the conversation with an affectionate pat on the guy’s back before waving goodbye and coming back to me.
So I can’t say I was surprised when he recently shared with me a conversation between the man and himself. The delivery man shared with my husband just how much their interactions over the year had meant to him. He explained some serious trials he had endured just that year, and how my husband’s constant kind words and actions had helped him in a way my spouse could never know.
That’s the thing, you see. You never can know how your actions can impact those around you. A kind word, a smile, a listening ear, or even a cold drink on a hot day. It can be just the small token someone needs to believe the world is still good. So as you bustle about your busy day, be it this holiday season, or even afterwards, the very best gift you can give to those around you is your kindness. Your time, your attention, and your conversation may be the very thing someone is looking for right that moment. Something as simple as a smile can be the hands and feet of Jesus, and something as easy to offer as a bent ear can be a lifeline for someone going through a difficult time.
As 2018 approaches I pray we all may be the light this world needs, and realize that to many we may be the only example of Christ that they encounter.