Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Little Things Can Be Big Things

Today I was thinking over the last 5 years since we have come to lead The Cross Loganville and all that has happened during that time. It has been an amazing time and it has been a hard time, but the things that stand out the most are the little moments. The moments that involve a passing word or a kind deed. The moments that don't involve any fanfare, but ultimately communicate so much. I started thinking about all the kindnesses that have been shown to us these last 5 years and, while they are way too many to count, some really stand out.

One of these moments came to mind as I was pondering it all and it made me feel loved and cared for all over again. This moment came in the midst of something that had me unusually flustered and out of sorts. I'm normally pretty laid back and not much gets my feathers too ruffled, but I was all in a tizzy this particular day. It just so happened that the reason for my frantic state came about on my way to church so when I got there a friend got a firsthand glimpse at "crazy Barb". This particular friend is quiet, soft-spoken and exceedingly kind. She overheard my dilemma as I related it to Tim and she gently stepped in and offered to do something that would alleviate much of my stress at the moment. She didn't have to offer and no one else was there to witness it. She didn't ask for an explanation with all the gory details attached. She just saw a need and did what she could to help. 

After I got done replaying this special moment in my mind, I texted my friend. I reminded her of what had happened (although "crazy Barb" was probably hard for her to forget) and I thanked her again for the kind, quiet way that she ministered to me that day. I told her that moment with her made me feel cared for and it made me feel like I mattered and I wanted her to know I hadn't forgotten. 

How about you? What are some of the small, seemingly insignificant moments that really stand out to you? Who has extended a kindness to you that you haven't forgotten? Who made you feel like you had value and you mattered? 

Why don't you tell them? Call them, text them, or pay them a visit. Let them know what they did and how it made you feel. While initially it was them who encouraged you, you just might be able to return the favor by encouraging them. My friend told me my text made her smile this morning and that meant the world to me. I hope it made her feel like who she is and what she does for others matters…and that's worth remembering!!

"Encourage one another and build each other up!!!!"
1 Thessalonians 5:11

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