Saturday, February 25, 2012

Giving & Receiving

I have had many opportunities lately to both give and receive. A few weeks ago I was a the dollar store and this beautiful child behind me was unloading his stash of pencils and erasers on the checkout counter as he counted his change. Out of my mouth came, "Wow, look at all those pencils! You must be really smart and you must work very hard in school." This darling child says to me, "i DO! I do so much homework that I have to come every few weeks just to buy new pencils. , Without any thought, I told the clerk to charge me for his pencils. The little guy looked at me with a huge smile and a giant thank you. Out of my mouth came, "You're welcome, but don't thank me... thank God! He told me He is proud of you and knows you will do very well in life. All your needs will be taken care of because you are doing your part." The boy just grinned. He knew! I know who received more out that interchange! What a blessing to bless! A week later I was with fr iends and we passed a homeless man by a gas station. This time the calling wasn't mine, but my dear friend felt it in her heart. She brought him some food and he lit up with a huge smile, touched more by her kind heart even than the food itself. Again the blessings went shared by all.

Last week when I needed help it was there for me. I hadn't been to the dentist in awhile and knew it wouldn't be much fun, but as the dear kind and gentle assistant worked on cleaning my teeth I distinctly felt the angels say in my head, "Isn't she a sweetheart? Don't you feel God's gentle touch working through her?" Indeed I did. A few days later I had to pick up a new toilet at Costco. I had no clue how heavy they were and as I was wrangling one onto the cart a wonderful man stopped by and helped me. Another helped me load the car. Later that day, after running more errands, I was loading my car when the door shut, with the keys, purse, AND and everything I had inside the car! I just prayed and within seconds a young woman showed up, asking me if I needed help. I borrowed her cell phone and called a locksmith. While waiting I prayed and asked God what he wanted me to do with the time, just as a car pulled by with the license plate SING2HIM! So I sat quietly singing pray erful mantras until the very kind locksmith arrived. Never once was any of this a hassle, in spite of the fact that going too the dentist, buying toilets, and getting locked out of your car are not usually number one on the list of fun things to do! It was the interaction with all those kind and helpful people that made my day. That is what it is really about.

I made a point to tell the dental staff how much I loved them and their office. They are always so kind, cheerful, and welcoming, not to mention good at their work. I thanked the guys who helped me load my car profusely. I thanked the locksmith who showed up expecting me to be in a bad mood. These folks made my day and I helped uplift theirs. There was sweetness all around.

Life is made up of thousands of little interactions. We can forget at times that we are dealing with other human beings as we rush through the days, but when you take the time to genuinely receive someone's help and express gratitude you'll feel the blessing. Likewise when you give from the heart it is an honor to share God's love as well.

I pray often, "God let me see your love and be your love!" It sure makes for a happy reality!

Have a great week and if you are in Phoenix and need extra love stop by the Expo!