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One Heart at a Time

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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!

 

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18 thoughts on “One Heart at a Time

  1. Love it ~ making a difference “One Heart at a Time” ~ Amen :Y

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  2. WAY TO GO!

    That is precisely what Jesus meant “by they will know us by our love” [for one another]

    John 13:35
    By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another

    Continued Blessings to you both!

    Patrick

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  3. Your compassion for a fellow human is beautiful and I am not surprised. I’m so happy to have met you…and can only assume that your husband is special too! A little older lady hit my cart in a store the other day and she apologized profusely. I assured her it was no big deal and she told me how she was so thankful for my kindness…that other people have been very rude to her when she does that. I told her that they must not have any joy in their lives. She stopped for a moment, considered what I said, and told me she was going to remember that and she seemed to feel better about it. I think when we are able to realize that the things people end up doing to us are not really directed to us, but rather something that is intrinsic to their world… we can turn from feeling assaulted to compassion for them. Thank you for your kind loving heart ❤

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    • ” I told her that they must not have any joy in their lives.” So true…we never know the reasons for the actions of others. Loving our “enemies” and praying for those who are in darkness is how the light of the Lord is spread to the world.

      I am happy to have met you, and enjoy your thoughtful posts:-) Have a wonderful, blessed week.

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  4. Your description of the lady’s behaviour is checking the boxes for a person with some form of autism spectrum disorder. I can’t say that is the lady’s issue but ASD or some other anxiety disorder could just possibly be the root cause of her behaviour. Just another viewpoint…

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  5. Beautiful as always.. But most often, we want to be understood for our feelings and emotions while not willing to understand others…

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    • Wow, that is a very profound thought, and so true. Reminds me of the Prayer of St. Francis:

      Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
      Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
      where there is injury, pardon;
      where there is doubt, faith;
      where there is despair, hope;
      where there is darkness, light;
      where there is sadness, joy;

      O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand;
      to be loved as to love.

      For it is in giving that we receive;
      it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
      and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

      Much love to you,
      Bernadette

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  6. I loved this post! I have to constantly remind myself everyone has a bad day. I was just like you, if I experienced poor customer service I made sure the manager and the corporate office knew about it. Now, I do the opposite for excellent customer service. I let the manager know and sometimes corporate office. I recently had a positive experience dealing with a county employee. I plan on writing a letter and expressing my gratitude. I’ve also done the same for a state employee a few weeks ago. I had so many questions and she always returned my calls. She never made me feel like I was a bother. I had to mail her some documents, I included a short note just expressing my thanks and gratitude!
    Blessings,
    Aisha

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    • Aisha,
      I have learned the same…we often ask to speak with the manager to notify them of great customer service or product, or I send an email or letter. The Lord is working on me to get less “offended” and more compassionate.

      Have a blessed day,
      Bernadette

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  7. Bernadette,
    I’ve been “following” you for some time, but I never get your posts. Is this something I should address with WordPress? I don’t want to miss out on anything good.

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    • Mary,
      I am not sure why that happens…I noticed the same thing with quite a few of the blogs that I follow. If you happen to come across the answer, would you mind letting me know?

      Your posts are always a blessing to me.

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  8. What a wonderful and beautiful post. No way can we know what is going on in someone’s life by looking at them. Praying for those we see that seem sad is a good place to start and doing thoughtful things like you mention here is a wonderful thing to do after that. We never know what the slightest little positive thing can make a huge change in someone. Thank you so much for following my blog. Hugs and blessings, Maggie

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  9. Yes…seemingly little acts of love magnified by Our Lord can make a life and heart changing difference in so many lives.

    Thank you so much for stopping by:-)

    Love and blessings,
    Bernadette

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