This afternoon I went to mail a package at the post office. I walked in to an empty building except for the heavily tattooed female attendant behind the desk. As soon as I came within view I heard, "What's up!? How are you doing today?!" When I responded and asked her how she was doing, she said, "I'm just trying to live my best life."
You can be sure that I left that 45 second encounter with a smile on my face and lighter in my step. That young woman changed the course of what I expected to be a mundane and at best cordial experience.
Doing "small things with great love" was a phrase that Mother Teresa spoke about in how to live like Jesus. We can get so caught up as Christians with the big moments of giving that we often miss out on the minor opportunities to show our human family the face of Jesus Christ.
Take a moment and think about a joyful encounter you have had with a stranger. It could be the person who was so thankful that you let them pull out of the parking lot onto the busy street or the conversation that happened in a waiting room. Think about how you felt during and after that encounter. How could you make that happen with every person you meet during the day?
I have a vision for heaven that involves all the people that we helped or brought joy to whom we never saw again, welcoming us into the Kingdom of God. It is in the moments that God does His greatest work through us. We can plan all we want, but if we are not willing to spread the Joy of the Gospel at all times then we will certainly fall short of the best versions of ourselves.
One of the lies that the devil tries to get us to believe is that we have to do a great deal of big things to be a holy person. Then we start to see that the big things are not all that many, and we feel inadequate. My proposal is that we win the day by the moments we greet others with a smile and pick up the trash on the street when nobody else sees us. If every encounter left the stranger with a smile and a deeper sense of self worth, we are on the path to sainthood. If you do not believe you have what it takes to become a great saint then you are simply kidding yourself. Because I think you need to read that again because you do not REALLY believe it I am going to write it again...in bold. If you do not believe you have what it takes to become a great saint then you are simply kidding yourself.
Win the moment for Christ, and then share the glory with us!!! If you have a wonderful encounter with a fellow person, feel free to comment about it under this post! The more we share the glory of God revealed, the more encouraged we will be!
God Bless you and Mary Keep You,
Jesse Saltarelli - Director of Youth Ministry - firstname.lastname@example.org