Yesterday, as my husband and I grabbed our morning coffee on the way to work, we were not greeted in the usual, friendly way we are accustomed to. Most every morning, we enjoy pleasant conversation with the very warm and smiling staff.
That was not the case yesterday. We were called to the register of the one young woman who seems to be in her own little world. She did not look us in the eye, did not smile, and did not offer us any friendly banter. She gave us our coffee, took our money, and delivered our breakfast sandwiches. All of this without the least bit of a smile or acknowledgement at all.
So…why am I telling you this?
It is so easy to judge people by their actions, and by what we perceive them to be. To tell you the truth, in times past, I would have probably written a note, or sent an email to the manager to make sure he/she was aware of this employee’s lack of customer service. I would have been indignant as a paying customer, making sure that “they” knew how unhappy I was with the service I felt I deserved in their restaurant.
But yesterday, I felt something much different. My husband and I both felt pain for this woman, who for some unknown reason, is visibly devoid of joy. It was not the first time we noticed her behavior.
The first thing I thought about was to pray for her, and to try to brighten her day whenever we see her. Instead of allowing whatever darkness she has in her life to consume us, we made the choice to share The Light in us with her. And I think that we will send her a special little card anonymously, with a letter inside, letting her know that she is loved and treasured…by us and by Jesus who loves her more than she could ever fathom.
Because of this encounter, my eyes and heart are more open to the needs of the ones I meet everyday.
Through the Lord, we can touch so many lives with His Love. Especially during this Lenten Season, let’s make a commitment to really see the hearts that are hiding behind joyless eyes. Sometimes those eyes are angry, sad or desperate…or maybe even trying to camouflage with a fake smile. Let’s look past all that, focus on the heart, and ask the Holy Spirit to direct us and to bless them.
What a different world we will live in as we share God’s love…one heart at a time!