Have you had your JOY JUICE today? May I suggest that you go out of your way to share some with a stranger?
Strangers come into our lives on a daily basis! When we go to the store, many of the fellow shoppers and clerks are strangers to us. We sit in church some Sundays with people we don’t know on a personal level. As we rush about our busy days, we encounter many people in need of a smile and an encouraging word. Do we go out of our way to share the JOY of the Lord with them? Or do we wear our blinders, looking straight ahead with our own agenda in mind. Often we don’t know what to say, so we say nothing at all!
Consider how many times we may have disappointed our Lord by not taking advantage of the “divine appointments” he has scheduled! Remember that young mother with the fretful baby—trying to check out at the grocery store? She may simply have needed a sympathetic smile and a word of understanding.
What about the older gentleman who was having trouble walking from his car into the doctor’s office? Should we have offered an extra hand to help him feel steady on his feet…and maybe open that heavy door for him as he entered? We never know when a small act of kindness may be the healing touch that a stranger needs to make it through their day.
Ephesians 4:32 was one of the Bible verses many of us learned as children…. “Be ye kind, one to another.” That applies to strangers, too! Let’s go out of our way to share God’s kindness today.
Have the gift of JOY ready for all the divine appointments God has lined up for YOU specifically!