“What do you want to be when you grow up?” he asked.
The unexpected question, which has been my “go to” catch phrase to others for years, caught me off-guard. I was sitting down to eat with an open book and writing tablet. I needed clarity and wisdom over some parenting issues.
When I answered “Anthony’s” (the employee at the restaurant), all too familiar question, “I’m writing a devotional book about purposefully looking to be thankful each day.” He paused, then said with incredible sincerity, “I’m proud of you.” We continued chatting about struggles and remembering to trust GOD’S plan in the waiting, (leaving room for The LORD to work.) We talked about JESUS and HIS Love that continually pours out. The words of wisdom he offered was an answer to my prayers. It helped lift the weight I’d been carrying when I walked in, (was I making the right decisions, showing enough love, doing enough, saying the right motherly things to uplift and encourage?)
Anthony walked away to help other customers with their trays. Then when he came back he said it again, “I’m really proud of you.” It brought tears to my eyes. Just the simple words, along with GOD’S timely answer to my prayers...sending one of HIS Faithful servant’s to speak truth and life in the unlikeliest of places.
Friends, I’m thankful for Anthony’s reminder, we all have a calling each and everyday. You never know how much a simple encounter will be the exact words someone needs to hear. Today I was the grateful recipient. But maybe tomorrow GOD will use you or I to be the Blessing someone else has been praying for. Let’s push past fear, hurt or rejection and show up, ready to go/do/say the things JESUS prompts us to...right in the middle of ordinary.
You and I are called for more!
✝️“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”~2 Timothy 4:2
Jump on the #ThankfulTrain what are you thankful for?