Let me start by saying that GOD can use you. God CAN use you. God can use YOU! All you have to do is say one word: “Yes.” This one word can feel like the longest grammatical sentence ever. I don’t want you thinking of that tiny word as a jail sentence. Rather, it is a word that can bring freedom and deliverance, not only to you but to anyone who may cross your path. However, you have to start by laying your “Yes” on the table.
One thing that is very important if you don’t want to miss an opportunity to see God work is that you have to be willing to be interrupted. Then be ready to move. Simple gestures can be a big deal to other people. We can get so bogged down with being busy all the time and because of it, we refuse to pay attention to our surroundings. We don’t see the downcast person whose day could be turned around by someone smiling at them or the person who would light up if someone told them how nice they looked.
Earlier this year I was really stuck on feeling that I had to make a difference. I WANTED to make a difference, but I fell into thinking that any difference I made had to be monumental in order for it to count.
I had one moment in particular where I was able to witness the patience of a precious young mother as she worked with her children, one of which was autistic. I had only met her briefly before but didn’t really know her. As I was getting ready to head home, I hugged her and whispered in her ear, “You’re a good mama.” When I got home that night, she had messaged me and thanked me for saying that to her. She felt people did not understand how hard it was for her. She then said I was the only one who had invited her and her kids to be part of the pictures being taken that day. We had a beautiful exchange of words, and it dawned on me in that moment that something that was so minimal on my end was monumental to her.
Monumental moments may take you out of your comfort zone. It might mean you have to talk to a stranger. It might mean that you will have to slow down enough so you can be perceptive to the needs of the people around you. Your child or grandchild may need you to put aside your busy work for a moment and play a board game with them or read a book to them. You can make a difference to that friend who may call at an odd hour but knows that you have the words of comfort or encouragement that they need in that moment. Text a verse to a friend who is hurting to let them know that they have not been forgotten. So many things can be done to create monumental moments that people will never forget. Those moments build memories. Kindness is free, so there is no excuse to keep it from others.
Be willing to be interrupted. Be ready to move. Commit to making a difference in someone’s life by doing simple things. Lay your “Yes” on the table and make the most of every opportunity that is laid before you. You will never regret it.
Guest post by JoEllen Claypool
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