A while back, I was going through a bit of a rough patch emotionally. Even when we know Jesus Christ, even when we are leaders, we are humans. Stuff happens and hearts hurt. I’m not one to publicize or talk much about my own hurting heart.
One day during my period of heart heaviness, I walked to the mailbox to get the mail. As I sat down to sort through the mail, I noticed a card. There was no special occasion, so it caught my attention. The name of the sender was in the left hand corner, and it was a dear friend that I rarely see.
I opened the envelope and there was a card with a very kind, sweet message. Also enclosed in the envelope was a gift card for Panera Bread. This woman is aware of my love for Panera! Her words basically said, I was just thinking of you and wanted to send this to bless you. It brought a smile to my face and to my heart.
It was just a little thing, but little things matter.
As I write this blog post today, I am sitting in Panera on a chilly day, sipping a wonderful cup of coffee compliments of my friend. As a matter of fact, this is probably the tenth cup of coffee I have enjoyed compliments of my friend. I have prepared many of my small group teachings sitting in Panera, while sipping coffee. The gift card has been a gift that keeps on giving, and EVERY time I use it, I think of my friend and smile. I’ve even texted her to say, I’m enjoying a cup of coffee on you.
Sometimes we think we cannot make a difference in people’s lives. We aren’t rich enough, or crafty enough, or creative enough, or spiritual enough …. but, all it takes sometimes is a text, a card, an email, a call or some small thing. Those small things can bring a smile, offer encouragement, and raise a heart that is down.
It was just a little thing she did…but little things matter.
“So encourage each other and build each other up…” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11