I was talking to my husband tonight about how discouraged I was, and how I felt like what I did didn’t matter. I think we can all get to that point of just feeling like what we do doesn’t matter. We see influence as a position that includes a spotlight, and then we put everything else into the category of insignificant.
My husband then proceeded to try and encourage me. He made a great point, we plant lots of seeds and we don’t always see the fruit. I love that he truly does encourage me when I need encouragement, and is bold enough to tell me when I’m believing lies. My heart was confident enough to make the changes I needed to make in that moment, but honestly there were just some things that were still discouraging me that I had no control over.
We then went out to dinner, and I was sitting at my table, this teenager who worked there came up to me and asked me if I was OK. She said it looked like I was going through something. I was so overwhelmed. I started crying and told her that I was blessed and ENCOURAGED by her just approaching me and acknowledging me. She offered to buy me a brownie or a cookie, and I told her that what she did was enough! She then walked away, but as we were leaving she handed me a cookie, and I gave her a hug.
Later that night I was thinking about what my husband was saying, about how the little things do matter. This girl at dinner stepped out of her comfort zone and was able to give me that little bit of courage I needed to keep moving forward. With that brave gesture she showed me that what matters is our willingness to be vulnerable and to reach out to people.
My heart is still overwhelmed and encouraged. It’s amazing how that girl filled my heart up tonight. I can only hope I have the courage to do the same for others. Neither the cookie nor the conversation solved all my problems, but it did erase the loneliness. Sometimes all we need to know is that we are not alone. My heart and prayers goes out to that precious girl, she was truly an answered prayer.
No matter what Christmas was for us in the past, it seems like every year it has the opportunity, and the possibility, to be something completely different and brand new. That’s what Jesus brought with Him as He was born into this world; He brought with Him a clean slate, a fresh start, and something brand new to our lives and to our faith.
Today I invite you to come and take this imperfect advent journey with me to discover the beauty of the good and perfect gifts God has given us through His Son Jesus. Let us journey together to discover what those gifts are, how we can receive those gifts, and most importantly the importance of being a good steward of those gifts.